Emma Wells is a council worker who also writes for Sheffield Unchained, a website supporting independent businesses. She lives in Crookes with her partner and two cats.
Are you a cook?
I used to be terrible but I really enjoy it now.
Any cooking tips?
Don’t be afraid of salt. Proper seasoning makes such a difference.
What’s your favourite dish?
To cook: pearl barley, chorizo and rosemary risotto. Otherwise kotthu, a Sri Lankan dish of slow-cooked curried chicken, vegetables and chopped flatbread.
And a drink to go with it?
A decent glass of red, Malbec is a recent revelation.
Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
Lokanta in Broomhill, Rama’s Bridge in Crookes and city-centre Sakushi.
The Blake Hotel in Walkley – or, for food, the Rutland Arms and the Closed Shop.
What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
Tripe – I shudder just thinking about it!
And the best?
In Sri Lanka last year: the national dish, with 10 types of curry including the most incredible aubergine I’ve ever tasted, served on a banana leaf and all cooked from scratch by the elderly restaurateur.
Your favourite TV cook?
Rick Stein for inspiration; Nigel Slater for cake; and Australian Peter Kurivita.
What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
Brilliant these days – if you know where to look. The gems are tucked away in the suburbs, so tricky for visitors to navigate.