Giles Coren is the restaurant critic for the British newspaper The Times and won the title "Food And Drink Writer of the Year" in 2005. The son of the British writer and humourist Alan Coren, he also contributes an irregular and irreverent column to The Times, ranging from curious events in his personal life to political satire. Under the pseudonym Professor Gideon Carter he writes The Intellectual's Guide to Fashion in The Sunday Times, satirizing the pretentions of modern critical theory and cultural commentary. He ghost-wrote the autobiography of James Dyson, inventor of the famous vacuum cleaner, and has recently sold his first novel.
Coren writes unorthodox reviews that are sometimes surprising in a paper owned by the conservative Rupert Murdoch: 'Food: 0; Just bloody being there: 7'. When asked. 'In your opinion, who is the most influential chef of our time?', Coren replied, 'Ronald McDonald, the poisonous criminal bastard.'