A Christmas Feast

PUBLISHED: 12:18 06 January 2011 | UPDATED: 18:11 20 February 2013

A Christmas Feast

A Christmas Feast

Christmas cooking tips from Cornwall Life's Masterchef's past, present and future, and what they enjoy doing over the festive season

Christmas cooking tips from Cornwall Lifes Masterchefs past, present and future, and what they enjoy doing over the festive season

Andy Appleton
Fifteen Cornwall, Watergate Bay


Chopping the veg, preparing the stuffing and setting the table the night before will all free up time on the day



Once Christmas Day service is over, all of the Fifteen Cornwall staff who have been on shift will sit down and enjoy a lovely meal together. If I was at home having lunch, my choice would be goose and my favourite Christmas tipple is red wine. My top Christmas cooking tip is that Christmas Day lunch is all about good planning. To avoid being completely frantic on Christmas Day, prepare as much as you can the night before. Chopping the veg, preparing the stuffing and setting the table will all free up time on the day so you can relax with the family.

Arty Williams
The Cove, Maenporth


Buy the best local vegetables available


On Christmas Day, after lunch service, we will be sitting down at The Cove, on the terrace, enjoying Oysters Kilpatrick (served with bacon and Worcestershire sauce), followed by sirloin of beef with all the trimmings and then to finish, honeycomb parfait. My favourite tipple is a great bottle of the Italian red wine,
Barolo. My Christmas cooking tip is to buy the best local vegetables available.

Paul Ainsworth
No. 6 restaurant, Padstow


Put as much effort into the vegetables as you do the meat

This year I will enjoy a traditional festive dinner of turkey and a second meat, most probably beef, with all the trimmings on Christmas Eve with my family. As far as Christmas cooking goes, put as much effort into the vegetables as you do the meat and roast potatoes, such as make a cauliflower cheese with truffle oil and parmesan, try sauted leeks and Brussels sprouts with smoked bacon pieces and chestnuts.

Kim Coulson
Polgoon Vineyard, Penzance


Get everyone to help and make Christmas fun!



We will be celebrating Christmas at Polgoon. Its a real family time for us and with four generations living on our farm, theres plenty of help with Christmas cooking. We have a turkey each year from a friend in Newlyn. For us, Christmas is all about family and having time together and good food along the way. My top tip is enjoy it, get everyone to help and make it fun, its a special time so dont spoil it worrying about perfection; family time is too precious. Merry Christmas!

Ben Bass
The Old Quay House, Fowey


Rest the meat and take the wishbone out of the bird before cooking, as its so much easier to carve the breast



After working in the restaurant over lunchtime on Christmas Day, I will spend the rest of the day with my girlfriend. At Christmas I enjoy a good port or Madeira with a cheese plate, and a rich red wine with the main Christmas meal always seems right. As for a cooking tip, try and get everything done the day before vegetable prep, stuffing, desserts because no one wants to be stuck in a kitchen all day over Christmas. Always rest the meat and take the wishbone out of the bird before cooking, as its so much easier to carve the breast.

Matt Corner
The View Restaurant, Millbrook


Plan ahead with your cooking, stay organised and clutter-free



This Christmas Ill be in Whitsand Bay surrounded by family (and presents hopefully!) With luck, my brother and I might be able to sneak off for a surf, antlers and all. Champagne is my choice of drink at this time of year. My Christmas cooking tip is to plan ahead, stay organised and clutter-free.

Kevin Viner
Viners Bar and Restaurant, Summercourt, Newquay


Prepare vegetables the day before and microwave them on the day, the microwave acts as a steamer



My favourite Christmas tipple is sloe gin or mulled wine. I will have Christmas lunch at the restaurant, eating up some of the leftovers. My top Christmas cooking tip would be to prepare the vegetables the day before and microwave them on the day, as the microwave acts as a steamer.

Mark Puckey
The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow


Delegate individual elements of the meal to visiting dinner guests



This year I will enjoy Christmas with my family at my sisters cottage near Looe harbour. For our festive tipple, we like to start Christmas Day with a nice bottle of champagne, and then wine with the meal. In terms of cooking, Christmas Day need not be stressful. Prepare as much as possible the day before, even delegate individual elements of the meal to visiting dinner guests. Oh, and stay off the sherry until the turkey is out of the oven!

Kit Davies
Castle Restaurant, Bude


So you can enjoy the day, get as much preparation done as possible in the few days leading up to Christmas



We are having a family Christmas lunch of turkey and all the trimmings at my mother-in-laws house in Morwenstow. Everyone brings something and my task is dessert, so I usually make something simple like an apple crumble, with apples from her garden, and cinnamon and honey ice cream. I love drinking spiced rum at this time of year I find it really warming. My top cooking tip, so you can enjoy the day, is to get as much preparation done as possible in the few days leading up to Christmas.

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