TV food critic Grace Dent will be appearing on this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!
Dent is a regular on BBC’s Masterchef UK and Celebrity Masterchef and has made appearances several other TV shows. She has written 11 novels for teenagers, including a series called Diary of a Chav and a series called Diary of a Snob. She has also written a memoir entitled Hungry: A memoir of wanting more, about her life as a food critic.
The 50-year-old was born in Carslisle and now lives in London. Not much is known of Dent’s personal life, but Grazia reports she is currently in relationship with a man named Charles, and mentions they live separately and first met via social media. She does not have any children.
Despite being a food critic, Dent announed in 2018 in her Guardian column that she lives by a mostly vegan diet, describing herself as a ‘flexitarian’.
Dent wrote: “In my game, as a restaurant critic, it would be more acceptable to come clean as a roaring alcoholic, a snob or a tax evader than reveal my actual clandestine secret. But here goes: my name is Grace Dent and I eat mainly vegan.
“By that I mean the guts of my diet are plants and veg. I’m perpetually throwing back handfuls of nuts and seeds. A bit like a giant hamster, possibly, but with a better bra and lipstick. I say “mainly” as there are caveats and slip-ups. “Plant-based” is closer. “Flexitarian” is a word people use for me (as well as much ruder things when I appear in their restaurant, I’m sure).”
Criticisms of I’m A Celeb
In the past she has criticised I’m A Celebrity. The Mirror reports she once branded the show “a puerile venture into starvation, televised constipation and animal cruelty, abbreviated by ads for Iceland £1 curries.”
In 2012, she was embarrassed to watch the show. She said: “I snap my blinds firmly shut before settling down to watch I’m A Celeb, in fear the theme tune alone devalues my property.”
‘Crass’ Nigel Farage joke
In May 2010, she made a ‘crass’ joke about Nigel Farage, one of the other contestants on this series of I’m A Celebrity. The former UKIP and Brexit Party Leader was the sole passenger in a devastating plane crash in a Northamptonshire field in May 2010, reports The Mirror. Blood was streaming from his face after he was saved from the wreckage. He said: “I’m scared, I’m scared, I’m scared.”
Dent took to X, formerly Twitter, to write: “I hope none of the people who saved Nigel Farage’s life today were pesky immigrants.” This is after he survived the incident with just two broken ribs and injuries to his spine and breast bone.
She then added: “UKIP claim Nigel Farage crash brought about by nonsensical European laws of gravity.” Dent’s jokes were reportedly described as “crass” by an ITV insider ahead of her appearance on I’m A Celebrity.