Lifestyle Food gets you in the mood for Christmas with a number of festive food shows this month.
Which world class chef is the master of the perfect roast? Which top foodie can pull off perfect Italian cuisine every time? We’ll find out in the new Perfect Christmas specials: Perfect Family Christmas featuring top chefs Mark Sargeant and Tom Kerridge. Perfect Christmas Entertaining featuring Jo Pratt and Valentine Warner. Airing Monday, December 3, and Tuesday, December 4 at 3.30pm.
Jamie Oliver was voted the chef people were most likely to turn to for advice on how to add variety to the most important meal of the year. Now Jamie brings together his all-time classic Christmas recipes in two festive specials, introduced by his daughters Poppy and Daisy, and brought to life with animation. It’s everything you need to know about Christmas food. So let Jamie help to make this your best foodie Christmas ever when Jamie’s Best Ever Christmas airs Wednesdays, December 5 and 12 at 8.30pm.
Sophie and Katherine are back for the DC Cupcakes Christmas special to build a six-foot tall nutcracker. Premiering Friday, December 7 at 8.30pm.
While there’s nothing better than sharing the Christmas table with family and friends, the prospect of catering for a crowd can be daunting, even for competent cooks. Lyndey Milan takes the stress out of entertaining with effortless solutions to those festive culinary dilemmas in the local production Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas. Over two half-hour episodes, Lyndey will take her favourite classic and more contemporary recipes and reveal the secrets and shortcuts to whipping up some last minute Christmas magic. Airs Mondays, December 10 and 17 at 8.30pm.
Renowned food writer and cook Sophie Grigson invites us into her kitchen over four festive days in My Christmas Kitchen. On day one she serves up an alternative Christmas day menu, on day two she cooks a festive Moroccan inspired menu, on day three she serves up simple but delicious Christmas party dishes, and on day four she cooks her favourite Boxing Day dishes to make the most of festive left-overs. Airs Thursday, December 11, to Friday December 15, at 6.30pm
The Hairy Bikers are throwing their very own Christmas party for many of the people they’ve met over the years on their TV adventures. There’ll be family, friends, a good stiff drink or two and plenty of indulgent food at the Hairy Bikers Christmas Party – just, don’t expect turkey and all the trimmings. Instead, the Bikers are preparing the very best party food washed down with the finest yuletide drinks. Si and Dave visit specialists – including a canapé champion and an expert in delectable desserts – to discover the secret of making your festive ‘do’ go with a bang. They also take on the daunting task of designing and building the centrepiece for their party, a vodka ice luge, putting their creativity and skills to the ultimate party-themed test. Premieres Thursday, December 13 at 8.30pm.
‘Tis the season for cupcakes as four talented cupcake bakers battle for a place among the stars at the Hollywood Christmas Parade in this special Christmas episode of Cupcake Wars. Premieres Friday, December 14 at 8.30pm.
Join Ina Garten for a dazzling prime time Christmas special, Barefoot Christmas in London, where she explores the London food scene on a festive trip with husband Jeffrey. Then, inspired by her delicious discoveries she parties with a British twist back home in East Hampton. Premieres Wednesday, December 19 at 8.30pm.
Michelin star chef, Raymond Blanc helps you make a delicious Christmas feast, with a special French twist in Raymond Blanc’s Christmas Feast. Using the very best of British ingredients, Raymond Blanc creates a sumptuous French menu of starters, main courses and desserts, all finished off with a festive Bouche de Noel. He seeks out the best seafood from Cornwall, discovers sparkling wine to rival French champagne, and forages for nuts for a chestnut puree. In the kitchen, Raymond shares the professional secrets to planning the most important meal of the year and, with a little help from his sons, reveals some Blanc family traditions. Raymond will then serve up his very French take on Christmas dinner to an intimate group of family and friends, entertaining them with a taste of France in his little corner of Oxfordshire. Airs Thursday, December 20 at 8.20pm.