Food for thought - with Emma Kirk

Nicola Groom, Emma Middleton, and Emma Kirk have launched a new monthly pop up restaurant which will allow small traders from around the city to have their own restaurant for the night. Jack Norman from Pie Eyed is the first trader to have a night which will be held at Union Street.
Nicola Groom, Emma Middleton, and Emma Kirk have launched a new monthly pop up restaurant which will allow small traders from around the city to have their own restaurant for the night. Jack Norman from Pie Eyed is the first trader to have a night which will be held at Union Street.

Marketing and event manager Emma Kirk co-founded street food pop up Temporary Restaurant.

Are you a cook?

Not professionally, but I very much enjoy cooking, I love trying out new recipes. Unfortunately I’m quite a sucker for naughty foods particularly burgers, pizza etc I find it quite exciting to try and find healthy ways to make my favourite guilty meals.

Any cooking tips?

When making sauces, especially for tomato based sauces such as Bolognese sauces, try adding a tea spoon of sugar. This will dull any sharpness and really bring out the flavour of the ingredients.

What’s your favourite dish?

This is an incredibly hard question as I love so many different types of food. I think at the moment one of my favourite dishes is Chicken, Prawn and Chorizo Paella. I love all these ingredients and it reminds me of great holidays

And a drink to go with it?

For a Paella, I would have to go for a sangria to get that real holiday experience.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

I really love Le Bistro in Wentworth, this is close by to where I live in Chapeltown. The restaurant is a small family run business and has been there for years. The food is always consistently good and it is somewhere I’ve a lot of happy memories in from being a child right up to now.

And pub?

This again is a very hard question. I’m a massive fan of the Old Horns in Bradfield as I love the Bradfield Brewery. I’ve also recently discovered a new brewer in Sheffield called the Brew Foundation which do an amazing session IPA called Hops and Dreams, we had them do the bar at the first Temporary. There’s quite a few bars and restaurants in Sheffield that stock it so I’m sure to be frequenting them more often.

What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?

I’ve never really had a stand out ‘worst meal’ for me it’s the service when I’m in a restaurant that makes it or breaks it. I recently went to Piccolinos in Sheffield which was one of my favourite restaurants and unfortunately the service was really bad and we only got a starter after being sat there for two hours. We had to leave before the mains otherwise I think we might have been there until morning waiting. Such a shame as the food in there is lovely.

And the best?

I had the world’s most amazing steak when I went on holiday to Poland earlier this year. It was a restaurant in Krakow, unfortunately I can’t remember the name, but it was on the main market square. The food in Poland in general was nice, I really like their pierogi’s which are like the consistency of ravioli and have different fillings and everything is priced really reasonably its great.

Your favourite TV cook?

I have a few, I love the food that Lorraine Pascale cooks, she used to be on TV after Saturday Kitchen and I have one of her books. I also really love the food Joe Wicks cooks, not so much a TVcook although is due have a show coming out on Channel 4 soon. I have both of his Lean In 15 books and they are fantastic