Food for thought

Ian Spencer
Ian Spencer

Tuesday was World Vegetarian Day. Ian Spencer, who runs consultancy VAT Problems Solved, has been a vegetarian since 1990. He lives in Nether Edge with wife Liz, their son and two daughters.

Are you a cook? 
I have signature dishes – but anything more complicated than a curry or pasta bake for my kids and I mess it up.

Any cooking tips? 
Don’t try anything outside your comfort zone – I’ve created many inedible dishes, hoping to impress.

What’s your favourite dish?
 I love curry, but have never eaten chicken tikka masala. Sag aloo never disappoints.

And a drink to go with it?
Something cold, usually a beer such as Kingfisher, a Tsingtao or Peroni.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area? 
Rafters in particular has always been good. Also Amigos in London Road, or the Ambar, Ecclesall Road.

And pub? 
 The Union in Nether Edge.

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

I once ate a hideous cuttle fish dinner in Alcudia.

And the best? 
My 38th birthday at a small restaurant near Biarritz, on a rooftop terrace overlooking the beach with a glorious sunset. Magical.

Your favourite TV cook? 
Saturday mornings are usually spent pottering to Saturday Kitchen, so James Martin.

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

Fantastic. Since moving to Sheffield in 1989 things have improved immeasurably. London Road is now thriving with Chinese restaurants, but I’d like a wider choice of vegetarian restaurants.