Christmas Food Q&A: Viktor Huszti – Element

Top festive food tips from Brussel sprouts as healthy snacks to homemade chocolate truffles

Christmas Food Q&A: Viktor Huszti – Element

Element, Rose Street

I'm planning a Christmas meal and want to offer a couple of unusual twists. What would you suggest?

Swap the turkey for grouse for a really rich flavour; you may need more than one grouse to match the size of a turkey. Try adding chorizo to your vegetables and roast them all together to really make the flavours burst!

It's Boxing Day and I've got half a turkey uneaten. Any recommendations for some legendary leftovers?

Try something simple and refreshing such as a turkey Caesar salad – it’ll take the sluggish feeling away. If you are not sold on a salad then take all of your roast leftovers (including vegetables) and cook a one-pot turkey broth – perfect for Boxing Day lunch.

Which dishes on your Christmas/December menu do you most like cooking? And which least?

I’m really excited about cooking all of the dishes on our Element Christmas menu! My favourite is our coq au vin-inspired dish: we marinate the chicken supreme in full-bodied red wine, herbs and vegetables for a full day to give it lots of delicious flavour. It’s then served with creamy mash, button mushrooms, pancetta and a mulled-wine jus.

What do you reckon is the most undervalued ingredient in the seasonal/Christmas repertoire?

The most undervalued vegetable at Christmas is without doubt Brussels sprouts! Most people hate or love them. I love them! They can be put in so many dishes, or enjoyed as a healthy snack!

I fancy giving food items for presents at Christmas. Any suggestions?

A good homemade piccalilli is always a winner. Or go pro with homemade chocolate truffles, you can coat them with different nuts, flavour them with alcohol such as Baileys or even add some herbs.

Which new kitchen gadget would you most like to find in your stocking? And which food item?

I’d absolutely love to find a Thermomix. That would be great! I’d also love a shoulder of goat so that I could make a goat curry for eating in January.


110–114 Rose Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3JF

More than your typical Rose Street pub, Element exceeds expectations with a well-executed seasonal food menu and drinks selection.


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