Grace Dent: I want to go on Gogglebox with Tom Parker Bowles

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Tom Parker-Bowles & Grace Dent in 2017 (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Tom Parker Bowles & Grace Dent in 2017 (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

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MasterChef critic and food writer Grace Dent has said she would love to appear on Gogglebox with fellow foodie Tom Parker Bowles.

Speaking to Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time , the renowned restaurant critic, who has also written 11 critically acclaimed novels for teenagers, spoke about her great friendship with Prince Charles' step-son, with whom she also appears on MasterChef.

She explained that despite their very different backgrounds, the pair had a lot in common and shared a love of rave and horror, as well as good food.

Dent said: "If they said: 'Would you like to be on Gogglebox?' I would just stand up, put my shoes on and begin walking there now.

"I'd go on with Tom Parker Bowles. Because I love him. And he's so funny. And we're both into the same things. We're from absolutely different backgrounds.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Grace Dent (L) and Tom Parker Bowles attend the MEATliquor party for the Evening Standard's London Food Month on June 4, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Grace Dent (L) and Tom Parker Bowles attend a party, 2017 (David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

"But we both love rave. And we both love comedy. We both love horror. Our conversations are just about television and film. Also, he's never ever boring."

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She continued: "I make him laugh. He says that I'm like Cersei of Game of Thrones. I'll back him up in anything. He's one of those friends that I will back up.

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"If someone said to me: 'I've just seen Tom Parker Bowles kicking guinea pigs over a fence.' I'd say: 'Well, I think the question is who was tricking him?'"

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Dent said they both are also happy to speak honestly about the restaurant industry. She said: "We both absolutely see the restaurant industry for what it is. We're both very real about hype and about what is actually delicious.

Food critic Grace Dent has said she would love to appear on Gogglebox
Grace Dent (Getty Images)

"We will go somewhere incredibly posh. And then we'll just both go: 'Oh, that was a bit s*** wasn't it?'

"And then I'll go but I had this takeaway from some kebab place in Crystal Palace that I'll be like: 'This place was amazing.'"

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Dent told the story of the time that she smashed the award for Best Debut Event given to London Food Month in 2017 that she and Parker Bowles curated.

She explained that the marketing team wanted to take the award and put it in a cabinet.

Dent said: "I was heavily refreshed, shall we say? And I grabbed it and said: 'I'm having this and I'm taking it home.'

Launch of the London Evening Standard's inaugural Food Month hosted by Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles at The Banking Hall on May 30, 2017 in London, England.
Grace Dent and Tom Parker Bowles the London Evening Standard's inaugural Food Month in 2017. (Getty Images)

"And as I was walking through the car park — really again, I was quite drunk — I smashed it.

"I always think of it when I go into my living room. It's on my wall of things that are crap, things that I've won. There's a distinct lack of Baftas!

"But there's this really smashed, chipped [award], all the glass has cracked off. It literally looks like a murder weapon!"

Dent opened up about how she felt after the death of her mother this year, and how it felt to have found love. She also gave a glimpse behind the scenes on MasterChef when judging contestants' food.

She said: "One of the funniest things with MasterChef is that the boys, whether it be Jay [Rayner] or whether it be Tom Parker Bowles, William Sitwell.

"Well, the boys always drink the jugs of gravy. Because that is always where the greatest bit of the taste is.

"So they always bring these little tiny jugs out and put them down and then once it's all eaten, and you always turn around and Jay's just got that jug up at his mouth."

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