Having started working life as a copywriter at J. Walter Thompson and then a journalist on the Radio Times, it was winning a competition in the London Evening Standard in 1972 that started Fay’s career as restaurant critic, now in its 39th year. During that time she was made Critic of the Year at The British Press Awards, won the Glenfiddich Award for restaurant writing six times and in 1998 was awarded the prestigious Glenfiddich Trophy.
Books published include Cooking Is A Game You Can Eat and Teach Your Child To Cook expressing her belief in the importance of children learning to love to cook and eat well. A partner with Simon Davis in the restaurant consultancy A Private View, she is also chair of the London Restaurant Festival, which they co-founded in 2009. Fay lives in London and Greece with her husband, the novelist and painter Reg Gadney.