CHEF, CRAIG SMITH
SHOREHOUSE THE STRAND As a chef, Christmas is a busy day in most restaurants. When does your family celebrate the main festive meal?
As a chef you would rarely get Christmas Day off unless you’re lucky. Christmas in the restaurant is always a fun day, everyone is relaxed and happy. It has always been a pleasure spoiling the guests on such a family festive day. Boxing Day has always been my Christmas Day, although the kids have always opened their presents on Christmas morning before leaving for work. Is it always up to you to prepare the big festive meal at home?
It has been in the past but this year I am having an orphans Christmas and everyone is bringing something.
Tell us about your family’s festive feast.
Normally we have fresh seafood and roast pork with all the trimmings and baked ham.
What’s your ideal Christmas meal to prepare?
Fresh seafood and roast pork, turkey and ham.
Your favourite Christmas treats?
Champagne, cold beer and fresh seafood and lots of stone fruit. Three things (food-wise) that it wouldn’t be Christmas without?
Seafood, roast pork and baked ham. What do you do to make your family’s Christmas meal special?
I like everyone to be relaxed and just enjoy the day. What is your top tip for the Christmas meal for families who prefer not to spend hours in the kitchen?
Bake a ham or cook the roast the day before, have lots of fresh stone fruit and seafood as it goes well in this climate. What is the dish that your family keep wanting to see on the table?
Probably my roast pork stuffed with apricots, the kids enjoy that.