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The true identities of restaurant reviewers Matt and Cat have long been a mystery but this year, in an unusual departure for the cryptic couple, they will appear live on stage at the Ventnor Fringe Festival.

Writing about the Island’s food scene since 2005, Matt and Cat have only rarely revealed their faces. That is all about to change though as the duo will be making a one-off appearance at this month’s Ventnor Fringe talking about food on the Isle of Wight, and their lives as the Island’s best-loved — and sometimes controversial — reviewers.

The show is called ‘Are You Guys Really Fat?’ to commemorate one of the most popular questions asked of Matt and Cat.

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There will be tales of splendid suppers, curious cuisine, and of course a few disastrous dinners along the way. The duo will also be reading out some of their favourite old reviews, good and bad, including some from venues now closed.

Matt and Cat have plenty of anecdotes to draw on, with over 650 reviews across 14 years. They have been banned from some venues, had people pretending to be them, and were even responsible for an excoriating review by Jay Rayner.

Cat said:

“Being anonymous started out as a bit of fun and amazingly, after all this time regularly visiting the Island’s eateries, we’ve managed to stay mostly under the radar. However, we’ve got loads to discuss outside the constraints of our reviews and we know that it’s stuff people want to hear.”

Matt added:

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“Reviewing restaurants works out for us whether the meal is good or bad: hopefully we’ll have a nice meal but if we don’t, writing about it gives us something to get our teeth into.”

‘Are you guys really fat?’ will take place on Wednesday 24th July between 16:00-17:00 at Ventnor Arts Club.

Entry is just £6 and tickets can be purchased from

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