Food for thought:

Ruth Adams
Ruth Adams

Ruth Adams runs her own training company, In Your Element. A mum of five, she is also an expert on child trauma and brain development. She lives in Aston with husband Alan and their youngest daughter.

Are you a cook?

Not by choice! With five children, I’ve done my fair share of cooking over the past 35 years, but my idea of cooking heaven is to eat out at every opportunity.

Any cooking tips?

I love entertaining and having friends over for meals and I make it easy by often using a company that delivers freshly cooked meals. Once they’re transferred to one of my own serving dishes, they look home-made!

What’s your favourite dish?

Something simple and healthy. I really enjoy salmon on a bed of spinach served with avocado, cooked mushrooms and tomatoes, with fresh fruit salad to follow. I never eat red meat, only occasionally have chicken so fish and vegetarian dishes are my favourites.

And a drink to go with it?

Always sparkling water with a meal. Sounds boring but I love it. If I’m celebrating it’s got to be champagne.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Sunday lunch at the Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley.

And pub?

After a bracing walk, the Fox House at Longshaw, with its roaring fires and good food.

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

We were invited out for a meal with acquaintances who were very keen on their food. We began with very thick vegetable soup and lots of breads, followed by two lamb’s hearts each, overcooked vegetables and potatoes – and then treacle toffee pudding and custard. It was such a struggle, every mouthful was an effort.

And the best?

My daughter’s wedding reception: an amazing outdoor meal freshly cooked by chefs in the grounds of a stunning villa overlooking the sea near Barcelona.

Your favourite TV cook?

Gino de Campo. I adore the Italian accent.

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

For me, it’s far more about the people I’m with than the food, but there’s plenty of variety, something for every taste and a growing range of organic and vegetarian eateries – great!