Food for Thought with Claire Hutchinson

Claire Hutchinson - Steel City Marketing
Claire Hutchinson - Steel City Marketing

Claire Hutchinson started her career in the Royal Navy, but after a sales and marketing diploma at the university of Greenwich, has become sales manager at Steel City Marketing in Sheffield. She lives in Bessacarr with husband Simon, their three daughters and Fizz the cat.

Are you a cook?

I love to cook and find new recipes, but I have to say I struggle with baking – or should I say you wouldn’t want to try the results!

Any cooking tips?

Diet coke makes a lovely sauce with a bit of passata, as does Fanta Zero – which gives a nice sweet and sour taste. Unusual, but worth a try.

What’s your favourite dish?

Any curry, the hotter the better – especially chicken vindaloo… mmm.

And a drink to go with it?

A large glass of red wine.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

This has to Akbar’s – I think I could actually live off Indian food.

And pub?

I love Graze Inn

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

Scallops – yuck, too rubbery!

And the best?

At Hoar Cross Hall Spa in Derbyshire: a creamy chicken pasta dish was the best I’ve ever tasted.

Your favourite TV cook?

Jamie Oliver because he makes cooking look easy and fun.

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

Since moving from Leeds to work in Sheffield, I’ve enjoyed discovering the huge variety of places on offer and taking clients to the terrific city centre eateries.