Food for thought: Steven Allsopp is a multimedia designer at Hydra Creative.

Steven Allsop - Food for Thought
Steven Allsop - Food for Thought

His claim to fame is Tea Roulette: a web programme that randomly selects who has to brew the next round. He lives in Sheffield with his parents and girlfriend Kara.

Are you a cook?

Not at all, although I’m an expert with a microwave! I only have one speciality dish, green Thai curry with Philadelphia cheese thrown in... I’m a very typical 21-year-old in the kitchen.

Any cooking tips?

None whatsoever! But get learning how to cook early on, so you don’t have to rely on others to do it for you.

What’s your favourite dish?

Most Saturdays I sit down for an evening meal with my girlfriend and parents, and they cook up a fantastic steak: medium rare, with mashed potatoes and asparagus. That’s definitely my favourite, along with a good old-fashioned full English breakfast.

And a drink to go with it?

A nice bottle of cider with the steak, or a cup of tea with my big breakfast.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

The Old House in Devonshire Street. I love the atmosphere and the menu is always fantastic. I love the ham hock adn their selection of foreign drinks. I also like the Coal Grill & Bar in Meadowhall.

And pub?

The Fox & Hounds at Marsh Lane, Eckington, for a family meal. And you can’t beat a good Wetherspoons, so I pop in the Benjamin Huntsman in the city centre quite often.

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

On a family holiday to Jersey when my ham and cheese omelette included mushrooms, which I really dislike, and wasn’t cooked properly. I was really ill.

And the best?

That ham hock at The Old House. Or a Saturday night meal with my family – my dad is a very good cook.

Your favourite TV cook?

I don’t watch cookery programmes very often, although I enjoyed Marco Pierre White’s Great British Feast.

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

It’s great! There’s a restaurant on almost every corner. The city centre in particular is a great place to eat. I love places such as Cafe Rouge and the upper floor of the Oasis in Meadowhall has some fantastic restaurants too.