Hugh challenges his chefs Gill and Tim to help transform the fortunes of the much maligned Brussels sprout by coming up with new recipes and brings out potatoes, onions and parsnips from the autumn stores to make the perfect trimmings.
Master butcher Ray helps Hugh find the most tender cuts in the relatively neglected forequarter of a cow and joins Richard the gamekeeper to stalk a Sika deer for a venison roast. As always, nothing is wasted, and Hugh uses the fat from the cow's 'kidney knob' to make a spectacular flaming jam roly poly, his road test for a Christmas pudding with a twist.
Everyone at River Cottage is also challenged to take part in Hugh's Secret Santa. Each guest has to make one Christmas gift and it's pot luck who picks out which gift at the dinner. Dan the baker, Pam the Jam, gardener Mark and forager Johnny Mushroom are all plunged into a world of plotting and scheming as curtains are drawn and doors bolted when everyone starts to work on their creations.