Interviewing doesn’t get tougher than this. At least, that’s how it feels as the appointed time looms to call Jay Rayner: restaurant critic, broadcaster, Masterchef judge, journalist and general raconteur, writes Lizz Brain. And when that distinctive voice is on the other end of the phone, I tell him so: that in 20 years of conducting interviews with performers, creatives and celebs, he’s only the second to make me nervous.
A slim blonde wearing dark sunglasses and an impatient expression sits at a bar, fingers tapping against her thigh. Despite her tight black jeans and slim-fitting jacket, Pixie Lott is looking decidedly un-popstar, writes Lizz Brain. There’s only a hint of make-up, her hair is scraped back and the glimmer of a frown crosses her forehead as she concentrates both on her lines and her American accent.