Glasgow chef Jimmy Lee set to make appearance on Channel 4 Christmas show

A talented chef from Glasgow is on the cusp of becoming a national TV celebrity as he helps Kirstie Allsopp find Britain's Best Christmas Dinner for a new Channel 4 show.

Published 21st Dec 2016
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The TV series 'Kirstie's Handmade Christmas' sees the Channel 4 presenter apply her craft skills to the festive season.

The show kicked off earlier this December giving viewers tips on everything from wreaths and garlands to snow globes, gingerbread, dressing the tree, festive feast ideas, handmade gifts and perfect present wrapping.

The final episode airs on Wednesday 21st December heads to London to experience Columbia Road's Christmas night market in Hoxton, featuring mulled wine, carols and 'urban chic' sensibilities.

The event also plays host to an array of shops selling hand-made gifts and goodies. ome of Britain's most accomplished

Some of Britain's most accomplished crafts-people compete in three more festive contests, this time taking in floral arrangements, fabulous decorations, and the 'alternative' Christmas dishes in which Chef Jimmy Lee is the judge.

Jimmy said: "Having worked on channels 4 cooking show 'My Kitchen Rules UK', I was approached by the production director to see if I was interested in judging dishes on 'Kirstie's Handmade Christmas' and I thought- Yes, what another great experience that would be.

"We filmed the programme earlier this December and contestants from across the U.K. battled it out in the kitchen cooking up their alternative Christmas dinner for Kirsty and I to taste and pick a winner."

Scottish Chef Jimmy Lee is owner of award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Lychee Oriental on Glasgow’s Mitchell Street, and will join Kristie to oversee the finalists in the alternative Christmas dinner category which airs on Wednesday 21st October at 8pm on Channel 4.

Jimmy said: "I was honoured to be judging Britain's Best Christmas dinner. It was an amazing experience. Kirsty was a pleasure to work with.

"We had a great laugh filming and she is every bit as funny and astute as she appears on TV."

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Jimmy also appeared on STV's Riverside Show and co presented the channels autumn cookery show 'Julie and Jimmy's Hot Woks', appeared on BBC's Great British Menu and was a judge of unusual home-cooked dishes alongside food writer Prue Leith and two-Michelin star Chef Michael Caines on Channel 4's 'My Kitchen Rules'.

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