Food for Thought with Ben Smith

Ben Smith
Ben Smith

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.

And pub?

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.