Ben Smith is co-owner of Tamper Sellers Wheel and the Depot Bakery and a founder of Peddler street food market, which celebrates its first birthday this weekend. He lives in Hillsborough with his wife and three children.
Are you a cook?
I try, but I get over-excited. Hours later I’ve created a lot of washing up and my wife has ordered a take-away!
Any cooking tips?
Buy the best ingredients you can.
What’s your favourite dish?
Can’t beat a good steak but also love Spanish, Mediterranean cuisine for its simplicity and flavour.
And a drink to go with it?
Hoppy American pale ale, or crisp Mallorcan white wine.
Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?
La Vaca in Broomhill: great quality, great value and completely lacking in pretension.
Sheffield Tap or the Rutland, they both know their beer.
What’s the worst meal you’ve ever had?
Half-microwaved spag bol with a €9 Coke on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. An early lesson to avoid tourist traps and head where the locals go.
And the best?
Fresh tandoori lobster on a beach in southern India – or bavette steak at Vinoteca in Farringdon, London.
Your favourite TV cook?
Rick Stein and his passion for seafood, Jamie’s enthusiasm, and I bloody love watching Floyd in his pomp.
What do you think of Sheffield as a place to eat out?
Improving, but I’d love to see a more thriving independent food and drink sector. A key aim for Peddler was to enrich city centre food culture.