Hairy Biker Si King on his perfect Christmas dinner
PUBLISHED: 13:53 14 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:26 20 February 2013
Newcastle's Hairy Biker Si King explains why he won't be tucking into turkey and all the trimmings this year
Si shares our passion for North East food and youll be able to read more from him in North East Life next year.
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There wont be a big Christmas dinner in Si Kings house this Christmas. The Hairy Biker, whose Best of British series will run right up to the big day, has decided against turkey and all the trimmings in favour of a day-long buffet.
It just fits better with the rhythm our Christmas day, he said. Because of all the comings and goings the Christmas table is like the cast of Ben Hur so Jane I just have a bit of a giggle with it. Ill do a buffet and keep replenishing it through the day.
Hes had long enough to plan the buffet too he and Dave Myers filmed their Christmas special with Wizard front man Roy Wood back in September.
That was great fun but it does feel as though weve been talking about Christmas all year, he added. I tend to pull up the drawbridge at Christmas and get cocooned in family life. It can be hard to maintain a balance during the year so Christmas is nothing but family.
Si, a former locations manager for film and television, makes the most of the times when he can immerse himself in family life. Its lovely to work with my best mate and we do have a good laugh but we work bloody hard so its nice when we get the chance just to do the family thing.
So what does he do when that rare chance comes along to spend quality time with his wife Jane? Were bit like two old fogeys, he laughs. We go up the coast with a flask or well head for a couple of favourite restaurants where we have a good giggle and too much to drink.
Si and his professional partner Dave have never been professional chefs, just good cooks. They met when they worked together on a string of Catherine Cookson TV adaptations in the mid-1990s and have garnered a devoted following through their infectious enthusiasm for good food.
Its a passion that comes across in the latest series and throughout our conversation and explains why their diaries are full into 2013.
We are very privileged and lucky to be continuing to work. The BBC feels like the natural home for us. Theyre a great broadcaster and they have allowed us to flourish and develop where I dont think a lot of others would have done.
Throughout their screen careers the Hairies have championed indigenous cuisine whether from far-flung locations across the globe, or around this country but Si is keen to shout more about what the North East menu.
We have fantastic, innovative, professional chefs in the North East and we should celebrate them more than we do, said.
We dont have any Michelin stars here yet but I think the only thing you want from Michelin is tyres. They can make food elitist. But Im sure that if some of our restaurants were further south they would have stars.
*Best of British is on BBC Two every weekday afternoon until Christmas.