Chefs Share What They Do to Celebrate Christmas

How do chefs celebrate Christmas – if they don’t spend it working in the kitchen? We asked some of our chef clients about their holiday memories and traditions at home. Read on for their answers.

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What is your favorite holiday food memory?

After all, the holidays are really about making memories.

The 13 desserts in the Provencal tradition: dried and fresh fruits, bugnes, calissons, oreillettes

– Chef Pierre Calmels, Bibou, Philadelphia

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Photo of 13 desserts from the blog of expat Emilie Johnson who lives in Provence.

The first year I de-boned a turkey yet left it intact (I was 18). My Aunt Wanda thought I was doing a turkey autopsy, she still talks about it.

– Chef Jennifer Jasinski, Rioja, Bistro Vendome, & more, Denver

Finishing any holiday meal with a Bûche de Noël.

– Chef Jason Hua, The Dutch, NYC

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For this updated Buche de Noel recipe visit Bon Appetit.

I took over the food for the family a few years ago. We’re a huge group, sometimes well over 30-40 people. So I’d say watching my family learn about Lillet, Champagne, charcuterie and other foods has been pretty exciting and fulfilling.

– Chef James Rigato, Chef/Owner Mabel Grey, Detroit

I remember going to my Uncle Angelo’s for a classic feast of the 7 fishes and it always blew me away. From linguini with clams to bagna caude, every course was amazing. I would eat it all year if I could. There would be wine, coffee, and above all else, there would be Italian pastries form Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken. I would sneak as much rum cake as possible when I was 12 and then pass out on the car ride home.

– Chef Matt Kern, Heirloom, Lewes, DE

What is your favorite Christmas family tradition?

Traditions old and new are what make it a holiday.

Spending Christmas Eve with family enjoying goodies like cured meats, stinky cheese and a good bottle of red wine, and getting the kids ready for a visit from Santa.

– Chef Jon Buchanan, Third Coast, Houston


Bringing bourbon out to the neighbors shoveling your snow without you asking for their help.

– Chef Ben Smallman, Ristoro del Cinghiale, NYC

I love when we are in New York with my wife’s large family. It’s great when we all gather and watch everyone open gifts and just get a chance to all be together. But my favorite thing besides that are all the Christmas cookies my mother in law will make. I’m a sucker for a great Linzer tart!!!

– Chef Adam Siegel, Bartolotta Restaurants, Milwaukee

I’ve stopped buying traditional gifts. We donate a large amount to a single charity and then I provide all the food and beverage for Christmas for the family. It’s a much more rewarding experience. Food is love.

– Chef James Rigato, Chef/Owner Mabel Grey, Detroit


Wearing sweatpants all day, drinking mimosas, and passing out on the couch by 5:00.

– Chef Matt Kern, Heirloom, Lewes, DE

What are some of the ways you celebrate Christmas? Tell us in the comments.

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