Greg Wallace and other TV chefs reveal their top Christmas dinner tips and traditions

Gregg Wallace said his family planted seven Christmas trees in their home last year, and John Torode says he keeps his Christmas ham in a very unusual place to prevent it from drying out.

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A host of TV celebrity chefs have revealed their top tips for Christmas dinner and shared the weird traditions they follow during the festive season.

Gregg Wallace reveal to Radio Times that he grew seven houseplants last year and that he always opens his first glass on Christmas morning at 6:30 a.m.

The MasterChef star admits he’s “making it big” and will make sure there’s plenty of food for the whole family.

“Last year, we planted seven trees, and two of them projected snowflakes onto the ceiling. We grew everything: two or three meat joints and four or five puddings.”

Gregg Wallace says that Christmas is his favorite time of the year and his family will be celebrating a lot



Gregg and his wife Anne-Marie turned their £1 million home into a winter wonderland.

Surprisingly, Gregg enjoyed the opportunity to step out of the kitchen for once and leave the cooking to his wife, Rina and Massimo, who shared a family home.

He also said admitting his family watched Elf six times around Christmas time last year, and that Christmas is his favorite time of year.

The 59-year-old said: “For me, Christmas is just about being cozy and being with family. “That’s what I love the most. It looks like a long cock.

Gregg’s present friend John Torode revealed how his nana would put a ham inside a pillowcase: “I always have a ham, lying in a pillowcase in our fridge. I.

Marcus Wareing Says He Doesn’t Mind About Christmas Dinner And Says He Wants To Stay Home



“When I was a kid in Australia, because it was so hot, my nana left a piece of ham in her pillowcase.”

That way it helps keep the meat from drying out, he adds, and it works for salmon, too.

There’s a different approach in Marcus Wareing’s house, as he says he doesn’t understand all the fuss when it comes to Christmas dinner.

“I never go to other people’s houses for Christmas because they don’t know how to cook and that doesn’t appeal to me. I want to be at home, on the couch, watching TV and drinking!”

John Torode still follows his nana tradition of using pillowcases to keep meat fresh



The chefs revealed their Christmas do’s and don’ts in Radio Times magazine



Marcus and Gregg will return to review MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch Special on BBC1 this Christmas.

Joined by Monica Galetti, the trio will judge the chefs in the series before they pit themselves against each other to win the challenges.

Additionally, ten celebrities previously judged will return to the Masterchef Christmas Cook-Off, as judged by Gregg and John Torode; and – as if that weren’t enough – there’s also the Champions Special, which sees five winners from the amateur series return to show just how much better they’ve gotten since their televised win.

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