Food for thought: Marie-Joelle West

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Marie-Joelle West is a project manager at the University of Sheffield, she also runs her own monthly Poppyseed supper club. She lives in Broomhill with her husband: “Who, thankfully, has a big appetite!”

Are you a cook?

Very passionately so, yes.

Any cooking tips?

Good food is made using good ingredients, which are rarely industrially processed and mass-produced. Support your local producers and buy from independent shops.

What’s your favourite dish?

My (French) mum’s apple strudel with vanilla custard that she learnt from my German grandma.

And a drink to go with it?

Anything from a good coffee to Bavarian beer, but my favourite is English bubbly mixed with home-made elderflower cordial!

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

I can’t wait to find out as I’ve only just moved to Sheffield.

And pub?

See above.

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

My (bless her) English mother-in-law’s roast beef that shrunk to about a quarter of its original size after it had been cooked…

And the best?

An amazing meal at a Supper Club in Edinburgh that sparked my own suppers in Sheffield – watch this space!

Your favourite TV cook?

Raymond Blanc – he’s self-taught and has pioneered sustainable food in Britain.

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

So far, I think that Sheffield is a very welcoming, honest and friendly place to eat out and I’m keen to be part of it.