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Giles Coren is the restaurant critic for The London Times.

His good opinion is said to be worth a million dollars to those restaurants graced with his words of approval. He cannot be bought. He cannot be invited. If your place is good then you just have to hope he shows up. And if it’s bad, then you have to hope he doesn’t. He can close a restaurant with a single weary belch.

Giles has eaten at the world’s finest restaurants, but, as a critic, nothing excites him more than discovering a hidden gem, a place that’s doing everything right, but not getting the recognition it deserves. So Giles is packing his bags, hopping across the pond, and going city-to-city to discover some of North America’s most enticing restaurants. In each episode, he’ll sample meals from five worthy restaurants and thrust one lucky winner into the limelight by giving it his million dollar review. 


Giles Coren

"I always expect great things from Coren: he's personable, clever, funny, decent and charming, and he has a natural ease for television...” – A.A. Gill, The Sunday Times

Giles Coren has been the restaurant critic for The (London) Times for over twelve years. Prior to that, he was restaurant critic for The Independent on Sunday and Tatler. In 2005, he was named Food and Drink Writer of the Year, published his first (and last) novel, Winkler, and began presenting The F-Word on Channel 4 with Gordon Ramsay. Additional television appearances include Animal Farm (Channel 4), a documentary series on biotechnology in the food chain, Tax the Fat (BBC2), a polemical film about the obesity crisis, and three series of The Supersizers Go… with Sue Perkins (BBC2).  He also served as host for a historical tour of English food and its impact on the landscape, Our Food, and the Christmas special, The Twelve Drinks of Christmas, both for BBC2.

He is the author of Anger Management for Beginners (2010) and the bestseller How To Eat Out (2012). He lives in North London with his wife, writer Esther Walker and their two children.

Julia Pileggi

 Julia is an actor, writer, dramaturg, researcher, food culture enthusiast, and passionate traveler.

Julia completed a BA Honours in Theatre Studies with a focus on Collective Creation and Playwriting at York University.  She is an alumna of The Second City (Toronto) Training Centre’s Conservatory program, and co-created the sketch comedy revue I Stand Autocorrected.
She has also co-created the on-going pocket-sized writing project these five minutes: volume one, which was released in March 2012.

Julia is always on the hunt for the best food and restaurant experiences, which developed while growing up watching her parents and Nonnas cook.  Having eaten some of the best Italian home-cooking out there and having worked in the food industry for years, Julia has developed a high standard for quality and authenticity while also understanding the challenges of running a food business.