Heston Blumenthal's chicken dinner

TV chef Heston Blumenthal serves his Christmas dinner guests goose or chicken, but does enjoy tucking into traditional turkey in his Boxing Day sandwiches

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Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal doesn't serve turkey on Christmas Day.

The TV chef opts to give his dinner guests chicken or goose for their festive meal on December 25 in place of the traditional bird, though he does enjoy tucking into leftover turkey in his sandwiches on Boxing Day.

He said: "I do the cooking and buy a goose or expensive chicken, and I only like turkey in sandwiches the next day."

Despite being known for his experimental cooking style, Heston is a traditionalist when it comes to festive celebrations.

He said: "I love Christmas crackers, silly jokes and nice wine."

He also advises those who are hosting Christmas meals to keep things simple and focus on just a few well-made dishes.

He said: "You don't need 25 things on the table - it's better to serve less things done well, like fluffy roast potatoes.

"My secret is to choose decent-sized ones and cut them into quarters so the corners go crispy. For a fluffy inside, you need to boil them until they fall apart before you roast them."

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