Kate Shepherd is co-owner of Cocoa, the chocolate shop in Ecclesall Road, which she runs with best friend Anne. A vegetarian, she lives in Sharrowvale with partner Matthew Beechey and Bruce the cat.
Are you a cook?
Yes! Cooking is a very important part of my life. I love concocting my own dishes and trying new things.
Any cooking tips?
We make meal plans every week – rifling through cookery books and online recipe sites to find new and interesting meals to try. It means when we’re tired after a long day’s work I don’t have to think about what to eat.
What’s your favourite dish?
One of my favourites is an Oriental steamboat: a large soup broth in the centre of the table which guests use to cook pre-prepared raw vegetables, meats, tofu and noodles.
And a drink to go with it?
It’s tea all the way! I especially like Chinese white tea which is a very healthy drink.
Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
Matthew and I love going to Relish in Ecclesall Road. I love their ever- changing seasonal menus, there’s always something new to try. It’s great for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, portions are generous and staff are friendly.
My new favourite is the Broadfield.
What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
Staying with family friends in France, we arrived to a wonderful meal of homemade pizza and salads. But I took my first bite and was aware of something, slimy and salty. Ugh! It was riddled with anchovies. My aunt reminded them that I was a vegetarian and they replied that they knew, but they were ‘only petit poisson’!
And the best?
Another fishy meal – while on holiday in Grenada – a freshly caught yellow fin tuna, barbequed and served with brown rice and peppery rocket. To my surprise it actually tasted extremely good! I haven’t tried fish since but I now keep an open mind.
Your favourite TV cook?
Delia Smith, because I’m a big fan of her cookery books.
What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
I really enjoy the array of eateries. I grew up in Bridlington, where there was very little choice, so when I moved to Sheffield I was very excited about the diversity of cultures.