The life of the royal family is woven of rules, etiquette and customs that fascinate the public. Chef Darren McGrady talked about what his job as a chef for the royal family was like. He cooked for Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, King Charles III, Prince William and Harry from 1982-1993.
Meat delicacies of Queen Elizabeth II
Cook Darren McGrady revealed in interviews with the British media what were the favorite dishes of Queen Elizabeth II. He noted that she loved venison. “Things like Irish steak, sirloin steak with mushroom whiskey sauce, especially if we did it with venison.”
This is not the only meat delicacy that the monarch liked. “For the first course, she loved the Gleneagles pate, which consists of smoked salmon, trout and mackerel. She loved using ingredients from the estate, so if we had Balmoral salmon from the River Dee it would be her favorite dish,” she says.
The kitchen was dominated by British and French dishes. “We cooked a lot of traditional French dishes, such as halibut on spinach with Morney sauce.”
What was the menu and how did the queen choose the dishes?
A leather-bound red menu in French was sent to the Queen each week. The Queen chose from the items marked in the menu those that interested her and those that were definitely not. She had to know the exact ingredients of all the dishes.
Sometimes she adapted to the tastes of other members of the royal family. Prince Andrew’s delicacy was crème brulee with oranges from Sandringham. Her grandson Prince William loved the chocolate cake. Elizabeth was certainly pleased with that!
“She is an absolute chocolate drinker. She would choose anything we would put on the menu that had chocolate, especially chocolate cake. “
The cook reveals whether the queen liked culinary experiments
According to the cook, cooking for the queen was amazing. “It was everything I expected. They have the best products, the best quality food,” explains Darren. He got everything he wanted.
How did the chef get a job for the queen? The man previously worked for The Savoy in London. However, he decided to work for the royal family after he was fascinated by their life in the media hype surrounding the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Then he thought how “amazing” it would be to work in a royal kitchen. A few weeks later, he went to a job interview and was selected as chef.
He also added that despite her favorite foods, the queen was not a food lover at all. “She always ate to live, not live to eat.” As the chef says, Elizabeth II did not like experiments and followed the same, proven recipes.
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