Tracey MacLeod

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Tracey MacLeod
Born (1960-10-30) 30 October 1960 (age 58)
Ipswich, Suffolk, England
EducationIpswich High School
OccupationJournalist, MasterChef: The Professionals Food Critic, The Independent Restaurant Critic, Broadcaster, Talent Agency Director
EmployerThe Independent, BBC, The Mail on Sunday

Tracey MacLeod (born 30 October 1960 in Ipswich, Suffolk) is an English journalist and broadcaster. She has presented a range of BBC arts and music programming, including The Late Show 1989–95 and its musical offshoots New West and Words and Music, Edinburgh Nights (1989, 1990), the Booker Prize (1990–95) and the Mercury Music Prize (1994–98). She hosted a Sunday night radio show on GLR from 1990 for several years, and was one of the launch DJs on BBC 6 Music.


MacLeod worked as a researcher at the BBC before making her on-screen debut in 1987 on Channel 4’s youth show Network 7. Other screen credits include channel 4’s A Stab in the Dark with David Baddiel and Michael Gove, All I Want – A Portrait of Rufus Wainwright, Kitchen Criminals, Masterchef, and voicing over many music documentaries and the long-running BBC2 show Rapido, presented by Antoine de Caunes. She appeared as a guest interviewer in Sean Hughes' 1992 comedy series Sean's Show. Her friend Helen Fielding partly based the Jude character in Bridget Jones's Diary on her, and she appeared as an extra in the literary party scene of the film, directed by Sharon Maguire.

She was a team captain on the Radio 4 music quiz All the Way from Memphis, with Andrew Collins, and a regular contestant on the Radio 4 books quiz, The Write Stuff.

She was the restaurant critic of The Independent from 1997 until the paper closed in 2016,[1] winning the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for "Restaurant Writer of the Year" in 2003,[2] and being awarded "Restaurant Writer of the Year" by the Guild of Food Writers in 2008[3] and 2010.[4] She has also been literary editor of Marie Claire, and radio critic of the Mail on Sunday.

She is a director of the talent agency KBJ Management,[5] where she manages TV presenters including Simon Amstell and Kevin McCloud.

She attended Ipswich High School and Durham University.

Notable appearances[edit]

MacLeod has appeared on many aspects of entertainment such as radio, TV and newspapers. She is a regular guest critic on Masterchef.


  1. ^ "MacLeod wins top Guild Award again". The Independent. 23 October 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ Vaughan, Tom (16 October 2008). "Restaurant critics answer your questions". The Caterer. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  3. ^ "2008 Awards Winners have been announced". Guild of Food Writers. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  4. ^ Sturgess, Emma (18 June 2010). "Stop Press! Awards 2010". Guild of Food Writers. Archived from the original on 21 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  5. ^ "KBJ: Company". KBJ Management. Archived from the original on 28 September 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2015.

External links[edit]