Andi Ferguson, aged 31, is Sheffield born and bred. After spending the past decade living and working in Manchester, and with extensive experience in the restaurant industry, he has returned to his hometown to become general manager of the new Pesto at the Waggon and Horses restaurant in Abbeydale Road South, Millhouses.
Now he is seeing the city with fresh eyes, and revisiting the places that hold the dearest memories. He has come back, he says, to a vibrant city. Andi is single and lives in Millhouses.
*Pesto, 57 Abbeydale Road South; tel 2361451.
This is the restaurant on Ecclesall (or Eccy!) Road is where my foodie career really started.
While I’ve always loved food from cooking with my family, this was my first professional job in the restaurant trade. I worked my way up there from waiter to restaurant manager within three years and even celebrated my 21st birthday there.
This was a night, though, that my dad might not remember as he got so drunk that he forgot to pay for the party and I had to pay for it myself (although he did pay me back though when he sobered up!).
My mum and dad’s house in hunters bar
I only moved back to Sheffield three weeks ago and coming home really means going around to my mum and dads house for Sunday lunch.
My parents now live in Hunters Bar after moving from Darnall 15 years ago where my mum originally comes from. Now the restaurant is up and running I can’t wait to get the chance to go over and get the home comforts I used to miss in Manchester!
The Botanical Gardens, as well as being a relaxing place, remind me of some key milestones growing up in Sheffield.
As a pupil at King Edward VII School, aged about 15, I used to go there for lunch with friends and I got married there too so this stunning place holds some very special memories for me.
Quaker Meeting House, St James Street
This is another place I can go to completely relax in the middle of the city, near Sheffield Cathedral. Both my parents are Quakers and I do go there to worship when I can on a Wednesday lunchtime.
The library is lovely anytime in the week. It’s the perfect place for reflection and to enjoy some peace and quiet.
When I moved to the new restaurant I was delighted to find that it backs onto Millhouses Park.
With the Peak District right on the doorstep it’s no wonder that the walking is so good around here and I remember many a walk in the park. In my childhood, walking became a real hobby for me.
I even managed a 50 mile walk in the Peak District at the age of 15.
Live Music scene
Sheffield has a great and eclectic live music scene and it’s easy to see how so many famous musicians have come from the city.
I remember serving Jarvis Cocker when I worked in Hanrahans in Glossop Road, near the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, 12 years ago and now I can’t wait to see some of the stars of the future (Red Hot White are one band that I really love) perform at The Millhouses pub during their live music nights.