Andrew Grant is a tax partner and tax advisor with Shorts chartered accountants. He lives in the Grenoside area of Sheffield and enjoys walking and music in his spare time.
Are you a cook?
Yes, I love cooking. I can’t help interfering when other people are cooking – probably because I think I know best!
Any cooking tips?
Keep it simple. Sometimes it’s tempting to make food too complicated and include too many flavour and textures. Also, always use fresh herbs – the dried type rarely taste the same. There are so many fresh herbs available at the supermarket now, there’s no excuse for using dried if you’re cooking a nice meal.
What is your favourite dish?
That’s a difficult one as it depends on my mood. I love a well cooked steak and no-one does steak like the French. Even modest restaurants in France can cook a perfect rare steak. For some reason a lot of English chefs leave it swimming in a sea of blood or like a piece of shoe leather.
And a drink to go with it?
A Chilean shiraz.
Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
I do love Bistrot Pierre in Ecclesall Road. It’s great food and close to our Sheffield office so it’s really convenient for lunch.
I’d have to say the Norfolk Arms in Ringinglow Road. Great to sit out and enjoy the views from the terrace.
What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
I once had a steak pie in a pub in Derbyshire (that will remain nameless!). I think it had been microwaved for about half an hour. You could have armour plated tanks with the crust.
And the best?
At La Maison D’Aubrac in Paris just off the Champs Elysée. The family who run it also own a farm and source the meats from their own animals. Really good food and surprisingly reasonable prices. And to go with it, I’ve never seen anywhere with such a well-stocked wine cellar!
Your favourite TV cook?
I don’t really watch cooking programmes. I suppose if I had to choose it would be Rick Stein for his food heroes work in searching out local suppliers of quality foods and drinks.
What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
It’s a lot better than it was a few years ago. There’s plenty of choice whether you want a quick bite, a lunch or a leisurely evening meal.