Former TAKE THAT star Gary Barlow has ditched his music career to become a restaurant critic.

The singer, whose promising solo career flopped after the British boyband split in the mid-1990s, has been hired by London's Notting Hill-based magazine GROVE.

The publication's editor, LUCY CLELAND, says, "What he writes is fun, jocular, laid-back and very readable."

Barlow has become a songwriter for hire since Take That split, penning chart-topping songs for, among others, British pop star Will Young.