South Yorkshire food expert calls for Christmas dinner twists


A Barnsley-based modern cuisine expert is encouraging families to shake up their traditional Christmas dinner this year.

Stuart Turner, who runs Japanese food distributor SushiSushi, is calling on people to bring festive lunches into the 21st century by tucking into something less traditional on 25th December.

He said: “We all love a Sunday roast, but at Christmas it’s about treating yourself and your family – so why not inject some Japanese influence to make it feel that bit more special?

“You could swap prawn cocktail starters for prawn sushi, or ditch the roast turkey for yakitori chicken instead. And for the drinks, try replacing sickly liquor with sake.”

Stuart believes that exploring Japanese options gives vegetarians a much wider choice at Christmas too. He suggests meat-free dishes such as tofu, tempura mixed vegetables, or grilled asparagus with sesame rather than sprouts.  

But for those who can’t bear the thought of messing with the traditional roast, Stuart says there are other ways of injecting some Asian influence into festive feasting this year.

“Japanese style canapes and nibbles are perfect for impressing guests at parties and leftover turkey and veg can easily be whipped up into a Boxing Day ramen.

“Most people are left feeling sluggish and bloated during the annual Christmas food frenzy, but Japanese dishes tend to be healthy, light and fresh – making them the perfect antidote to over-indulgence.”

SushiSushi is based in Mapplewell, Barnsley. It is the UKs largest supplier of Japanese and street food ingredients and catering equipment, working with restaurants, chefs, retailers and cooking enthusiasts across Europe.

 Clients include MasterChef runner up Andrew Kojima, who runs a series of pop-up Japanese eateries, and Great British Menu judge Michael O’Hare.

 Stuart is an expert in modern international cuisine, providing a consultancy service to help establishments modernise their menus.