FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Simon Stokes

FFT - Simon Stokes
FFT - Simon Stokes

Simon Stokes is the managing director of security specialist Assured Fire & Security. He lives in Bakewell with wife Karen and children Ruby and Max.

Are you a cook?

No, not at all. I’m a terrible cook but my wife Karen cooks everything and she’s amazing, so why try and improve on perfection? However, I do cook a cracking English breakfast.

Any cooking tips?

Yes. Anything with garlic, chilli or tomatoes in it will make any dish great – and you need a good wine to go with it.

What’s your favourite dish?

I like lots of fish and pasta dishes but ultimately it has to be a really well seasoned steak with thrice-fried chips – and it’s only my wife can do that…

And a drink to go with it?

A nice glass of Chateau Neuf du Pape – nothing cheap!

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

It would have to be Felicini – the one in the old marble works in Bakewell. It’s simple, fresh food cooked well and nothing too fancy. It has a great relaxed atmosphere where you can take friends and have a great meal or visit with the family.

And pub?

The White Lion in Great Longstone. They do great local ales and good gastro pub food.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?

We were in Portugal and I was really looking forward to this piri piri chicken. It should have been the best meal I’d had but it came with tinned mushrooms for some reason, on a bed of spaghetti with no sauce. And the chicken wasn’t even spicy. It was awful – such a letdown.

And the best?

It was in Loutra in Greece – a fish and seafood platter; lots of things I’d never even heard of. It was cheap as chips, all local and fresh, straight from the sea. And it tasted delicious.

Your favourite TV cook?

That would have to be Gordon Ramsay. I like his no-nonsense approach to both business and food and I like how he says it as he sees it.

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?

It’s brilliant, especially around Millennium Square and Leopold Square. I’d disagree with a lot of people and say it’s no longer up-and-coming – it’s arrived! A restaurant like The Milestone very much says it all.