With a group of first-rate chefs, access to the very best food that money can purchase, and dining-room at palaces throughout the UK, you would have believed meal times are always prestigious in the Windsor family.
Now the Queen’s previous chef, Darren McGrady, has actually drawn back the drape and exposed Her Majesty’s private dining habits, having previously spoken about her preferred beverages.
The 58-year-old’s primary function during his 15-year tenure at Buckingham Palace was as Queen Elizabeth II’s personal chef, accompanying her on 2 royal tours of Australia. He also prepared for five American Presidents– Ford, Reagan, Bush Snr, Clinton, and Bush Jnr– throughout their state check outs.
McGrady also worked for other members of the royal household– including Princess Diana, and her sons William and Harry at Kensington Palace. He was cooking for Diana on the night of her death– 31 August 1997. McGrady currently had her dinner all set and waiting on her return.
Now in his book “Consuming Royally: Dishes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen Area”, McGrady has actually exposed the Queen’s dining preferences, her preferred meals and the important things she is not a fan of on the table.
The number of meals does the Queen eat in a day?
McGrady states the Queen has 4 meals a day – however just eats small portions at each. In a series of YouTube Q&A videos, he states that throughout his time as her personal chef in between 1982 and 1993, the Queen would eat breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner.
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For breakfast she keeps things basic. Royal biographer, Katie Nicholl, has formerly stated: “HRH usually begins with an easy cup of tea and biscuits, followed by a bowl of cereal.” (The Guardian formerly reported she likes to keep it in Tupperware to preserve its freshness.).
This is before proceeding to a lunch of grilled fish with wilted spinach or courgettes, according to McGrady. She is also partial to a basic grilled chicken with salad – a low carb choice.
Then, in the late afternoon, McGrady states, the Queen will have an afternoon tea. (The Queen constantly has scones with jam and clotted cream – and she puts jam on very first).
He explained: “She ‘d constantly have afternoon tea anywhere she was in the world. We ‘d flown out to Australia and were on the Royal Luxury yacht. It was 5 o’clock in the early morning however for the Queen it was five in the afternoon so my first job was making scones.”.
The queen had 20 chefs at the royal cooking area at the time McGrady was working there, he says. It was previously reported that the head chef would supply the Queen with a menu twice a week and then she could choose meals to her taste. McGrady confirmed the menu system was in place.
McGrady says while the Queen never ever straight stated she didn’t delight in a meal, she would leave a message in a notebook for the personnel. “She had a little book on her desk and she would just put a note in there stating ‘I don’t desire this again’ or something like that,” he describes.
What are the Queen’s preferred foods?
The Queen apparently has a particular love for Morecambe Bay potted shrimp on toast. In a Q&A video, McGrady stated: “They’re prepared and marinaded in this secret spicy butter. And then the Queen would have them with warm toast, and when you spread them on the warm toast, the butter melts.”.
The Queen might just take pleasure in little portions of mouth-watering food, however McGrady says she is a glutton for sweet. Charbonnel et Walker, Bendicks, and Prestat all hold royal warrants.
” She is definitely a chocoholic,” McGrady informed Hey there! magazine in 2016. “Anything we put on the menu that had chocolate on, she would pick, specifically chocolate excellence pie [a layered chocolate pie with white and dark chocolate and chocolate shavings]”.
One of the Queen’s favourite “guilty pleasures” throughout McGrady’s time as chef was a croque monsieur sandwich, with melted Gruyère, ham and whipped eggs, he said.
One of Prince Philip’s preferred dishes was supposedly salmon coulibiac, McGrady says there was always a great deal of salmon to consume when the royals were in residence at Balmoral because they went fishing often. “There are foods that the Queen and the royal family love, though, and it’s all the fruit and vegetables at their estate, specifically at Balmoral castle.”.
As well as taking pleasure in four meals– the emperor likes a tipple, according to the Queen’s cousin, Margaret Rhodes, who said the Queen’s favored beverages are a gin and Dubonnet or a flute of champagne.
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What is the most important meal at the Palace?
McGrady says that the most popular meal of the week was always Friday fish and chips.
” Everyone loved fish and chips,” discussed McGrady. “All the staff, 300 staff at Buckingham Palace, all of the chefs would have fish and chips for lunch. However, forget your tartar sauce and your ketchup, we enjoyed it with salad cream. Salad cream on those French fries, on those chips.”.
Although the Queen supposedly had her fish and chips in a panko breadcrumb rather than standard batter. As for her condiment of option – Lea & Perrins, HP Sauce, and Heinz catsup all hold royal warrants.
But the other meal closest to the Queen’s heart is not one for the humans.
McGrady told Hello! publication: “Among the things that actually, actually shocked me when I got a job as the Queen’s chef was that I wasn’t quickly preparing banquets for kings, queens and presidents. I was actually chopping beef, liver and chicken for the Queen’s  corgis. I later on discovered that was among the most important meals of the day when it pertained to the Queen.”.
And one of his very first jobs as the Queen’s individual chef was peeling carrots for her horses at Balmoral.
Exist any foods the Queen does not like?
The Queen does not take pleasure in strong flavours, such as garlic and onion, says McGrady. “The Queen doesn’t like garlic … we could never use it at Buckingham Palace.”.
McGrady states the most crucial thing to remember was that– unlike when you are cooking in a hotel or restaurant– you are just cooking for someone so their taste is what matters. “It was [about] cooking dishes that the queen liked– for example, you could do a beef stroganoff and if she didn’t like paprika in there, it became a meal without paprika because you’re cooking for that one individual.”.
This also applied if Prince Philip was dining with his wife. “The Queen eats to live whereas Prince Philip lives to eat,” says McGrady. “He enjoys curries with great deals of garlic and spices, a genuine foodie. However we might never ever do [two plates] ‘for your plate you’re going to have lots of garlic’, and ‘your plate, no garlic’, it was constantly down to the Queen, you have whatever how she has it.”.
And shellfish and uncommon meat are likewise avoided throughout royal check outs or trips– times when the family can not manage to be out of action with food poisoning. Previous royal butler Grant Harold validated this rule is reasonable when royals are on task.
Does the Queen ever cook for herself?
McGrady says that while Prince Philip was an “remarkable chef” and routinely taken pleasure in cooking on the grill and having family BBQs on the Balmoral estate, and the younger royals like William, Kate, Meghan and Harry, all take pleasure in cooking, the Queen herself stays out of the kitchen.
And no, the Queen was never partial to a McDonalds drive-thru either. “The Queen never purchased fast food. When you’ve got 20 chefs in the cooking area, why would you? You can call down to the cooking area and order whatever you want,” states McGrady.
What about unique occasions?
McGrady informed Hey there! publication that the biggest food occasion at the palace is Christmas. Although they opt for traditional options. “It was the very same meal every year,” he stated. “They’re really dull when it pertains to celebrations. They didn’t do hams or anything, simply conventional turkeys.
” We did 3 turkeys for the Queen and her family in the royal dining room, one for the kids’s nursery and then more for the 100 or so personnel, so everyone had a Christmas lunch.”.
And they didn’t scrimp on dessert– the Christmas pudding would be “decorated in holly, doused in brandy, and the palace steward would carry it, flaming, into the royal dining-room”.
For Mother’s Day, McGrady states the Queen “didn’t really celebrate” however she would typically go to Windsor castle for the weekend and desire special eggs for breakfast.