Christmas tips with Virgin Australia head chef Luke Mangan

This Christmas Eve, Virgin Australia head chef Luke Mangan has shared his Christmas Day cooking tips with us.

 

Luke Mangan

Virgin Australia head chef Luke Mangan

 

When preparing a meal for guests, I like to cook a variety of sharing dishes – I put all the dishes in the middle of the table so everyone can help themselves to as little or as much as they like; it creates a nice atmosphere and interaction at the table and creates conversation. It also means that you don’t need to fuss over table settings and decorations as your food will be the centre of attention at the table.

 

Try to prepare as much as possible in advance so you aren’t stuck in the kitchen while all your guests are enjoying themselves and remember it’s okay to delegate, most people don’t like to turn up empty handed – if everyone brings one thing then it’s not a big job for anyone. If you are relaxed then your guests will be relaxed too.

 

Don’t be afraid to sway from the traditional Christmas lunch if you aren’t up for cooking a big Turkey. Australia provides the perfect climate for cold lunches and casual BBQs; think fresh prawns & salads, whole fish and pre- glazed ham

 

Try to cook things you have done before, keep it simple and don’t try to be too tricky – it is better to do a couple of simple things really well using good produce.

 

For drinks; chilled whites and roses are particularly good choices on Christmas day and go perfect with turkey, ham and seafood. But really it is all about what you like to drink. A big bowl of punch is always a winner for when family arrive, you can experiment with champagne, ginger, ales and fruit juices topped with fresh seasonal fruits and lots of ice – it’s really refreshing and not too heavy for a pre-lunch drink”

 

We’re getting into the spirit of Christmas Day too, offering guests flying Virgin Australia tomorrow a traditional turkey lunch and dinner service.

 

Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches in the Virgin Australia Brisbane lounge

Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sandwiches in the Virgin Australia Brisbane lounge

 

Merry Christmas from the Virgin Australia team.

 

www.lukemangan.com

 

One Response

  1. Brisbane Diary January 5, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Merry Christmas to all the Virgin Australia team!
    It was really helpful to us while cooking stuff and i really followed you for the last few months. You always shared some unique point with us. Thanks for that!