Gaynor lives in Ecclesall with husband Pete and sons Freddie and Samuel. Services manager at Sheffield’s Aizlewood Business Centre, she is donning a onesie for work on Friday to help raise money for Comic Relief.
Are you a cook?
I’m an everyday cook and always cook a ‘family tea’. I like the idea of trying new recipes and baking but do get quite nervous that it will be a disaster.
Any cooking tips?
Be prepared! Always make sure you have the correct pans/tins/dishes to cook with.
What’s your favourite dish?
I really enjoy paella and it’s one of the dishes I’ve perfected over years. I like having friends over on a Sunday afternoon with a huge pan of paella in the middle of the table for everyone to tuck in to.
And a drink to go with it?
A large glass of sangria or any red wine goes down well with me.
Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
An old favourite of ours is Artisan in Crosspool. The food it always wonderful and the menu changes regularly, so there’s always something new to tempt your taste buds.
Our local is The Greystones; it’s a great family and community pub with lots going on throughout the year including comedy, local bands and events aimed towards kids. It also sells raspberry beer – a particular favourite of mine!
What’s the worst meal you’ve had?
Last year was my great aunt’s 80th birthday and family members had travelled from Australia for a big celebration. We went out in Sheffield for a traditional Sunday roast but the food was very disappointing and the dessert (I had trifle) was truly awful.
And the best?
Fillet steak on honeymoon in Naples. It was perfectly cooked – rare – smothered in Gorgonzola topped with Parma ham and served with a simple rocket salad. Perfect.
Your favourite TV cook?
Lorraine Pascale. I have a couple of her cook books and love the simplicity of the recipes and the variety.
What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
It still doesn’t stand up to its Manchester, Leeds and Nottingham neighbours in attracting big name chefs, but we always try to support new restaurants as well as going back to our favourites.