Food for thought:

Food for Thought - Tina Harrison
Food for Thought - Tina Harrison

TINA Harrison is business development manager for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity – which will benefit from Monday’s Food Fight between chefs Brian Turner and James Martin at the Lyceum theatre.

She lives at Wallingwells with her husband and their dog.

Are you a cook?

Yes, I love looking at recipe books – even the free ones in supermarkets.

Any cooking tips?

Check you have everything you need before you start cooking. There’s nothing more irritating than starting a recipe then finding you are short of one ingredient!

What’s your favourite dish?

Chateaubriand with béarnaise sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and crunchy green veg. We had it on Christmas Day this year as a fine alternative to the traditional turkey.

And a drink to go with it?

In a perfect world, I’d like a glass of Champagne pre-dinner and a fine bottle of Burgundy or Rioja to wash it down!

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

The Old Vicarage – I think the food there is wonderful, but it has to be a special treat as its very pricey.

And pub?

The Black Lion at Firbeck. It’s a little bit further away from Sheffield, but a lovely little village very close to where I live. The food is great and the landlord and landlady very hospitable; there’s always a warm welcome.

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

Brains and chips in a back street café in the old quarter in Jerusalem. It was a long time ago but I’ve never forgotten it – I didn’t eat the brains and the chips were disgusting.

And the best?

That’s an easy one: La Tupina in Bourdeaux. My eldest daughter was at university there some years ago and my husband had heard of this restaurant – it’s in the top 50 in the world. Surprisingly, the price is very reasonable but the food is sublime!

Your favourite TV cook?

Nigel Slater. I love the fact that he makes everything look so easy, but so mouth-wateringly delicious.

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

There is so much choice, its fantastic, especially when I think back to being a child. Going out to eat was only for the well-off then. I remember when my Mum won £5 on the Grand National and treated us all to lunch at The Strines.