Neil Grant is director of Ferndale Garden Centre at Coal Aston. He lives in Beauchief with wife Linda and black Labradors in place of their three adult children.
Are you a cook?
Um, no. My signature dishes are pancakes and gravy, but not together!
Any cooking tips?
Marry a good cook — like my wife Linda. Maybe it’s being county commissioner for Girl Guiding, she’s probably got a badge for cooking!
What’s your favourite dish?
Pasta puttanesca (‘tart’s pasta’!) bursting with flavour.
And a drink to go with it?
Barolo, a fantastic red wine.
Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
A new one: Brocco on the Park: great staff, relaxed atmosphere, lovely décor and good local beer… And Ferndale coffee shop of course!
The Broadfield: I can just about walk there from home. I like the eclectic mix of people – and the 200 whiskys!
What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
At a restaurant in a semi-derelict village on Tenerife. What arrived was a bowl of unidentifiable sea creatures and a ‘sausage’ that turned out to be pickled octopus tentacles.
And the best?
Raymond Blanc’s Manoir de Quat’ Saisons: every mouthful a heavenly banquet.
Your favourite TV cook?
Nigella. Linda says it was 10 years before I realised it was a cookery programme – her food’s good as well!
What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
Improving dramatically. There is so much innovation going on.