Gino D'Acampo has banned turkey from his Christmas dinner, claiming that 'no one likes it'. While the big bird may be the centrepiece of many a household table come December 25, the renowned TV chef has expressed how traditions go out the window on the big day.

While Christmas with his wife Jessica and three children Luciano, Rocco and Mia is one of Gino's 'favourite' times of the year, he's admitted that he's a little unorthodox when it comes to food. He said: "Everyone is in charge of one dish that makes up the whole Christmas meal – so no pressure."

But speaking on turkey, he told Best Magazine: "Nobody likes it. Christmas is the best day of the year and you do the s***test meal of the year."

The Mirror reports that instead, Gino cooks up fresh fish and seafood, hilariously dubbing the seasons greetings 'fishmas'. He added: "The last couple of years, we've had fresh fish and seafood around Christmas time – which I know may be strange to some.

"In our house, we call it Fishmas."

But the struck-off bird isn't the only Christmas change in Gino's home, speaking how he doesn't actually celebrate on the big day itself. He continued: "We actually celebrate Christmas on the 24th, then wait for midnight when Santa Claus brings presents for under the tree to open the next morning.

"We're not a family of early birds, but when my daughter Mia wakes up on Christmas morning, the whole family has to wake up and head downstairs to open presents – she's too excited to wait!"

Gino is looking forward to the festive break this year as he slowly recovers from a crash while filming a new ITV show. He was only spotted returning to work this week, three weeks following the horrific incident.

He was in good spirits as he greeted customers at his Luciano by Gino D'Acampo restaurant in London, his first public sighting since the crash which occurred in Vienna while filming Emission Impossible. Production of the show came to a halt following the accident - involving a toboggan and three other people.

He has since blasted ITV for allegedly failing to check up on him after the collision, despite working with the network for more than two decades.

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