As we countdown to Christmas, legendary chef, Michel Roux Jr reveals how to stay calm in the kitchen, what he can’t live without and everything you should know about sprouts. Here is the Michel Roux Jr Christmas special:
Q. Any advice for staying calm in the kitchen on Christmas Day?
A. Preparation is key – do everything you can do the day before, and make sure you stick to your timings on the big day! Try not to over-complicate things and try recipes you’ve never done before, keep it simple.
Q. What is the one thing you can’t live without at Christmas?
A. My family, and a good Christmas pudding. I love it.
Q. Can you give us a quick, five-minute Christmas tip?
A. Sprouts seem to always get a bit of a bad rep! I’m not a huge fan myself, but I don’t mind them once a year. A good trick is to cut them into little leaves and lightly cook them at the last second, so they retain their crunchiness, but aren’t so bitter.
Q. All I want for Christmas. What is on your wish list?
A. Honestly, just some time to spend with my family – that’s the best present of the lot.
Q. What makes your perfect Christmas?
A. A glass of Balvenie whisky by the log fire.
Q. What will you be watching on television? Any classics or favourite movies?
A. I’m a big Quentin Tarantino fan, but his films aren’t especially festive! I’ll probably stick with the classics.
Q. If you could spend Christmas anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A. At home with my wife and my daughter.
Q. Can you give us a special Christmas cocktail recipe?
A. I love a nice glass of mulled cider. Warm a bottle of fermented cider (I normally buy mine in France) with a few cinnamon sticks. Add some lemon juice, lemon rind and peel, and a couple of spoonfuls of brown sugar. Keep it warming on the hob, add a splash of Calvados and a slice or two of apple. It’s delicious, and much better than mulled wine!
Q. Any Christmas Day culinary or decorating disasters over the years?
A. I was in India with my wife and daughter a few years ago and I got the infamous “Delhi Belly”. I spent Christmas Day in bed whilst they enjoyed a feast at a palace in Jaipur. One to remember… or not!
Q. When Christmas is over, do you have any New Year’s resolutions?
A. Not really, I try to keep myself fit and healthy throughout the year rather than just in January! I love running and I’ve done a fair few marathons in my time. I try to run as often as I can, I find it clears my head. I also try not to drink alcohol during the week wherever possible but I probably won’t be keeping to that rule over Christmas!
Michel Roux Jr is owner of Le Gavroche (43 Upper Brook Street, London W1K 7QR (020 7408 0881 / 020 7499 1826; www.le-Gavroche.co.uk).
Michel has a deep respect for the classical foundations of French cooking. The name Roux is synonymous in Britain with the qualities of French haute cuisine.Back to News