Watch anything festive on TV, and Christmas Day is a time of relaxing, chinking glasses and sitting down to a perfectly cooked, no-stress meal, with zero mention of the washing up. In reality, we all know it often couldn’t be further from the truth.
Flat Yorkshire puddings, still-frozen turkey, lumpy gravy, soggy sprouts. They could all be on the menu. It’s all stress, stress, stress. Even if you love cooking, it’s still a job, whilst everyone else drinks Snowballs and watches the Queen’s Speech. The only saving grace is (hopefully) making dinner means not having to clear up afterwards. That’s somebody else’s job.
Make It Go Away!
So, how do you get out of spending Christmas Day dressed in an apron, albeit a novelty one? By booking a private chef to come and do it all for you, that’s how!
The Christmas elves (private chefs) at AmoChef will plan your menu with you beforehand, turn up at the agreed time, make your amazing meal, and even sort the dishes.
And it doesn’t have to be the usual turkey dinner either. The way we all eat, and the ‘rules’ around food are changing. We can eat food from all around the world, whenever we like, with healthy convenience food at our fingertips.
The History of the Traditional Christmas Dinner
Like most things traditionally Christmas, we can thank the Victorians for the way we’ve always eaten Christmas dinner. Technically, eating a feast on 25th December dates back to before the Middle Ages, but the Victorians took it and made it their own.
Until then, beef and goose made it to the tables of those in the wealthy upper classes who could afford it. The middle classes would eat rabbit, and the lower classes, off cuts of whatever was available. Towards the end of the 19th Century, turkey was accessible to even the lower and middle classes, and began to form the centrepiece of the dinner we know now.
It’s pretty much stayed the same – a roast turkey with all the trimming (and plenty of sprouts) – since then. Although during the two World Wars, chicken was easier to come by than turkey, and in the absence of chicken, mutton or rabbit was common.
Changing the Way You Do Christmas
But just because “it’s the way we’ve always done it”, it doesn’t mean you can’t start your own family tradition. Booking a private chef with AmoChef, whether you want turkey or not, couldn’t be easier. A few years ago, hiring a private chef was considered only for the elite. But today, private chef experiences are much more accessible.
Let’s take Chef Maya as an example. Her Winter Warmer menu includes scallops with a pumpkin velouté, a sous-vide duck breast and sticky toffee pudding. All cooked from scratch, in your kitchen by an experienced chef who will take 100% of the hassle out of cooking.
Or how about Chef Tanya’s Tis the Most Wonderful Time of the Year buffet style menu? Or Chef Dina’s Rich King Winter menu featuring popular winter warmers? We have chefs all over the UK, Europe and the US to tantalise your taste buds.
And with gift vouchers starting from only £25, you could give the gift of time this Christmas. Treat your loved one to some time off from cooking over the festive period by letting them choose their own private chef experience.
Christmas is a time for family and friends. Spend precious time with them whilst someone else creates a culinary masterpiece for you. Zero stress and special, quality time with loved ones is entirely possible this Christmas with AmoChef. Have a merry one!