Celebrity Chef Tom Kerridge Shares His Kitchen Tips For The Perfect Christmas Dinner
As Tom gears up to present the new series of BBC2’s Food & Drink, he tells us how he’ll be spending Christmas, and shares his best recipes for a traditional feast…
How will you be spending Christmas Day this year?
At the minute, it’s undecided. We’re just about to open our new restaurant, The Coach, on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day in Marlow, so Christmas Day will either be spent at home with my wife Beth, or with her massive family near the New Forest – or we might have a quiet get-away at a beach in the UK.
It’s for one day only, though, as business takes priority this year. But you can guarantee that Christmas will be a lovely one spent with my ace wife and lovely dogs.
How is your home decorated?
We have a lovely big tree in the corner of the living room. Beth (left), being
an artist, has a wonderful, creative taste in decorations, and we always have a welcoming wreath on the front door.
What is your idea of a traditional Christmas dinner?
I’m a big fan of turkey, but any form of roasted meat is great. Turkey brings back wonderful childhood memories, and is brilliant cold, so it’s perfect the next day.
Any special twists?
To be honest, I just do the traditional things properly – lovely moist turkey, wonderful stuffing and great vegetables. The twist is that there’s no twist!
PATom watched Food & Drink growing up
Any top tips?
Enjoy it, first and foremost, it’s the most important thing. The stress of cooking will reflect in the food. If you relax and enjoy it, the food will feel relaxed and be enjoyed. Even if you overcook it, but you’ve enjoyed doing it, the food will feel loved.
What do you want for Christmas this year?
I can never have enough plain white trainers!
So, you’re about to front BBC2’s Food & Drink. What are you most looking forward to on the series?
It was a huge honour to be asked to be a part of such a prestigious show. I remember watching it when I was younger and it being an informative and up-to-date food programme. And then to step into the shoes of Michel Roux Jr is a huge ask and one that
I’m very proud to take on and hopefully bring my ideas to the programme.
What’s your food guilty pleasure at Christmas?
After a walk on the beach in a blowing gale, we retreat inside for hot chocolate and Terry’s Chocolate Orange. But my wife’s mum really knows how to lay on the best day. We nickname her family home Christmas House.
What”s your favourite Christmas dessert?
Definitely Christmas pudding. I’m a huge fan – with brandy butter, it’s one of the best things ever! I love that super-rich flavour and the smell you associate with the festive season. It’s also great fried the next day and eaten with a full English as a hangover cure!
Food & Drink is on BBC2 on 2 January.