Chef's Christmas Memories 大廚的聖誕回憶

Christmas in Italy

Andrea Accordi- Executive Chef

In Italy, the celebration starts on Christmas Eve with many courses of fish. A classic fish soup, lots of starters like scallops, octopus and calamari. Everything is prepared very simply but with top quality ingredients. This might go on until midnight when we finish with panettone and grappa.

On Christmas Day the table is full all afternoon. Tortellini with capon broth. A whole baby lamb. All the extended family comes by and everyone cooks something. There always has to be risotto. My mother makes this risotto with her special homemade sausage. My mom is the only one allowed to touch it (and I never complain!).

Christmas is the day of the year to be together as family. A big table full of food brings us all together.

 

意大利的聖誕節

行政總廚ANDREA ACCORDI (艾安耀)

在意大利,聖誕慶祝活動一般都會在聖誕前夕開始,並有很多魚類菜餚,例如經典魚湯和扇貝、章魚和魷魚等前菜。雖然看似簡單,但材料全是高品質。而這可能會持續到午夜。

聖誕節當天,餐桌整個下午都是滿的,包括意大利式餃子湯和小羊肉等。所有親友都會據在一起做飯。當中總有燴飯。我媽媽用自己特製的香腸製作這道燴飯。而她是唯一可以觸摸它的人。

聖誕節是與家人共享天倫之樂的一天,一邊品嚐美食,一邊慶祝佳節。

 

Holidays in France

Guillaume Galliot- Chef de Cuisine, Caprice

Growing up, we used to celebrate Christmas Eve at my grandfather’s house with about 35 cousins, aunts and uncles. My grandfather was a large man, about 140 kg. There would be so much food on the table- salmon, foie gras terrine, oysters. And we always had wild venison, a gift from my grandfather’s hunter friend, with homemade cranberry sauce.

Now working in Asia, I don’t go back to France very often so our traditions have changed. A few years ago another chef friend and I both had to work on Christmas lunch, so we decided to get together at 8:30am for breakfast. We made scrambled eggs and truffle, caviar and blinis, and champagne of course. I was back at work by 11:30.

CAPRICE 主廚 GUILLAUME GALLIOT

小時候,我會與35位表兄弟、阿姨和叔叔們在祖父的家裏慶祝平安夜。我的祖父是一個大個子,大概重140公斤。桌子上會有數之不盡的食物 - 例如三文魚、鵝肝醬和生蠔等。我們總有野生鹿肉吃。它是來自祖父獵人朋友的禮物,用自製蔓越莓醬調製。

現在於亞洲工作,我不會經常回法國,所以聖誕慶祝的傳統活動改變了。幾年前,我和另外一位廚師朋友聖誕下午都要工作,所以我們決定於早上八時半聚在一起吃早餐。我們煮了炒雞蛋和松露、魚子醬和薄餅,當然還準備了香檳。我十一時半就回到工作。