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Victoria Smith

Victoria Smith

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Victoria Smith is a restaurateur and a director of Sheffield’s BrewKitchen group. She lives in Fulwood with husband Richard and sons William and Thomas.

Are you a cook?
Yes, a very keen cook, in particular a traditional Sunday lunch, nursery puddings and lots of baking.

Any cooking tips?
Always buy the best quality ingredients you can find and cook something you love.

What’s your favourite dish?
To start - freshly dressed crab; main - rack of lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, green beans and mint gravy; dessert - raspberry pavlova

And a drink to go with it?
New Zealand Savignon Blanc; Australian Pinot Noir; Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
If not one of ours it has to be Baslow Hall (or Smithy’s dining room at home!)

And pub?
I love the Greystones with the great entertainment on offer in The Backroom.

The worst meal you’ve had?
A staff Christmas party in 1990 in deepest Wales! Grey meat, white gravy and black Yorkshire pudding, with a clientele like something out of Phoenix Nights!

And the best?
Le Tante Claire in 1990, Pierre Koffmann’s 3-star Michelin. Faultless.

Your favourite TV cook?

The legendary Mary Berry, every one of her recipes works. Or the mad chef from The Muppets – reminds me of one or two people I’ve worked with in the past…

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

It’s getting better and going in the right direction in terms of quality and variety. I’m hoping there’s lots more to come.