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Christmas dinner: for many it’s the dinner of the year, it’s the showstopper of kitchen stress, it’s the ultimate feast.
Brits spend weeks (maybe months) planning their dishes, prepping their cakes and ordering their ingredients, and we all have our favourite recipes to follow.
While some may opt for long-traditions of secret family recipes, others follow the trusty guidance of celebrity chefs.
Perhaps one of the most popular stars to cook with at Christmas time is Nigella Lawson, but do you have the time to make her full festive feast?
A study by Uswitch found that her festive feast will take fans 41.5 hours to cook- that’s over one and a half days. Other celebrity chefs also feature on the list of dinners consuming the most time and money, with Gordon Ramsay’s costing over £150.
The study took a list of the 15 most popular TV chefs and looked at their recipes of iconic items making up a Christmas dinner; including turkey, potatoes, stuffing, Yorkshire pudding, cauliflower cheese, carrots, sprouts, gravy, Christmas pudding, mince pies, and custard.
Using the ‘preparation’ and ‘cooking time’ for her recipes, Nigella’s dinner takes the longest as you’d have to start prepping on the 23 December for it to be on your table in time.
Her ‘spiced and super juicy turkey’, which of course had a famous cameo on the Gavin and Stacey Christmas special, requires being soaked in a bucket of infused water for a whole two days before roasting.
The fruits for Nigella’s Christmas pudding also need to be soaked in alcohol before a long steaming time of eight hours.
Following Gordon Ramsay’s recipes will take you 31.6 hours and will cost you £152.50 to feed six people.
USwitch calculated these costs by using food cost calculators from major online supermarkets, with Nigella’s costing £130.90 for six diners.
Fifth most time-consuming Gordon’s is also the fifth most expensive. He followed behind show-stopping star chef Heston Blumenthal at £168.10.
The chef known for his creations that blur the line between real-life and fantasy food, Heston’s festive feast closely follows Nigella’s as it takes a whopping 35.5 hours to cook..
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It may come as no surprise to some that the most expensive Christmas dinner is that of Yotam Ottolenghi.
Working out at £32.59 per person his recipe has a grand total of over £195.50. Ottolenghi’s cheapest item to recreate is his ‘crispy roasted potatoes with lemon, garlic and sage’ at just £1.53 per person.
Other celebrity chefs using up the most of your time and money to cook dinner on Christmas day include: Delia Smith at 31.8 hours for just £99.80, Jamie Oliver for only 24 hours at £111.10 and the treasured Mary Berry taking 24.5 hours and costing £108.10.
How long are you willing to give up to cook Christmas dinner? And would you rather just follow your own recipes?
Perhaps it would be easiest to just whack your supermarket order in the oven and enjoy your day.
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