Food for Thought

Richard Carlin
Richard Carlin

Richard Carlin lives in Norton Lees with fiancée Emma and their two children. A BT worker by day, he is also a keen amateur player – and takes the lead in Woodseats Musical Theatre’s production of Kiss Me Kate at Dronfield Civic Theatre from June 19.

Are you a cook?
No. My role in the kitchen these days is restricted to washing the pots and putting away the shopping.

Any cooking tips?
Ask my fiancée, Emma.

What’s your favourite dish?
I’m a definite carnivore and I love lamb, slow roasted in its own juices.
And a drink to go with it?
A nice Rioja or Chianti… or a pint of Stella at the pub.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
I love Thai, so I’d probably have to say The Travellers in Holmesfield.

And pub?
The Devonshire Arms in Dore... I have to say that or Tina, the landlady, would kill me!
What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
As a guest at a very grand colonial hotel in Sri Lanka, they served up a mixed seafood platter – fantastic if you like fish, but not for me.

And the best?
On holiday in Kefallonia: the best lamb kleftiko in the world; so good we went back to the restaurant four times!

Your favourite TV cook?
I’m torn between James Martin, because he’s a genuine Yorkshire lad, and Gordon Ramsay – because he’s Gordon Ramsay!

What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
It’s improved considerably over the last decade. There’s plenty of choice these days, to suit any taste and palate.