Food for thought

George Elliott
George Elliott

George Elliott is a retail consultant with The Source skills academy and a fanatical Owl. He lives in Hillsborough with wife Brenda and says, like his ageing Saab, he is “not as fast as I used to be, but still capable of occasional bursts of speed and excitement”.

Are you a cook?
My first job was apprentice sous chef at the Royal Victoria Hotel, but now I only dabble at home.

Any cooking tips?
Overcooking is the biggestmistake – avoid mush and go for crisp textures.

What’s your favourite dish?
Fillet of beef Wellington if I’m eating out.

And a drink to go with it?
A soft red Bordeaux.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
I love the style, menu and freedom of Chao Baby at Meadowhall – traditional Thai food.

And pub?
The Porter Brook – great staff, good value food and a fantastic atmosphere.

The worst meal you’ve had?
Stuffed red peppers in Ocean City, New Jersey. Let’s just say I tasted them twice and neither episode was very pleasant.

And the best?
My mum’s traditional Sunday roast, served with that beautiful smile. I’d give a lot to have one more of those.

Your favourite TV cook?
Lorraine Pascalle, who portrays the art of cooking as it should be.

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
Budget to high-end menus from across the globe. Still a bit behind Leeds and Manchester, but improving.