FOOD critic Jay Rayner will consider his last ever meal and then take things in a jazzy direction when he visits Stroud later this year.

The renowned restaurant critic, Masterchef judge and presenter of BBC Radio 4's The Kitchen Cabinet is visiting the Sub Rooms in May, where he will give two different performances.

Food will be top of the menu in his first show, My Last Supper - part of the Stroud Festival of Food and Drink - which is taking place on Friday, May 20 at 7pm.

Jay will be talking about his new book, My Last Supper, in which he discusses what he would choose for his final feast.

Then, later the same evening, at 9.15pm, he will show he's no one trick pony. For as well as being one of the country's foremost restaurant critics, he also plays piano in his jazz band The Jay Rayner Quartet.

Jay says his two passions are indivisibly intertwined, with his job as a restaurant critic providing him with half the repertoire for his band.

"I met the Quartet’s brilliant musicians, bassist Robert Rickenberg and saxophonist Dave Lewis in the Ivy Club," he said.

"And then there was my late mother, agony aunt Claire Rayner. The anecdotes she left me provided the other half of our set lists. Because so many blues songs sound like letters to a problem page."

The fourth member of the quartet is Jay's wife, vocalist Pat Gordon Smith.

Jay Rayner's one man show, My Last Supper is at the Sub Rooms on Friday, May 20, at 7pm

The Jay Rayner Quartet is at The Sub Rooms on Friday, May 20, at 9.15pm

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