Food for thought with Emma Wells

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Emma Wells is a council worker who also writes for Sheffield Unchained, a website supporting independent businesses. She lives in Crookes with her partner and two cats.

Are you a cook?

I used to be terrible but I really enjoy it now.

Any cooking tips?

Don’t be afraid of salt. Proper seasoning makes such a difference.

What’s your favourite dish?

To cook: pearl barley, chorizo and rosemary risotto. Otherwise kotthu, a Sri Lankan dish of slow-cooked curried chicken, vegetables and chopped flatbread.

And a drink to go with it?

A decent glass of red, Malbec is a recent revelation.

Your favourite restaurant in the Sheffield area?

Lokanta in Broomhill, Rama’s Bridge in Crookes and city-centre Sakushi.

And pub?

The Blake Hotel in Walkley – or, for food, the Rutland Arms and the Closed Shop.

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

Tripe – I shudder just thinking about it!

And the best?

In Sri Lanka last year: the national dish, with 10 types of curry including the most incredible aubergine I’ve ever tasted, served on a banana leaf and all cooked from scratch by the elderly restaurateur.

Your favourite TV cook?

Rick Stein for inspiration; Nigel Slater for cake; and Australian Peter Kurivita.

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

Brilliant these days – if you know where to look. The gems are tucked away in the suburbs, so tricky for visitors to navigate.