September 24, 2023

Queen leaves little note for her chefs on her plate


Queen Elizabeth has been known to live her life adhering to a number of strict rules and regulations. There are still a few standards that the royal cooks are required to follow in the world of fine dining.

Darren McGrady, a former royal chef, worked for The Queen for 11 years at Buckingham Palace and Balmoral before relocating to Kensington Palace, where he cooked for Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry for several years.

Chef Darren highlighted some of the Royal Family’s most peculiar mealtime customs to Coffee Friend, including The Queen herself. Darren explained the palace’s stringent procedure: “The Queen picked her own menu. There was quite a regimented process and The Queen stuck with a lot of the same dishes throughout the week. If we had a new recipe for a dish, we would have to send the whole recipe up to The Queen and she would look through it.”

Darren even disclosed The Queen’s creative and covert method of communicating with the kitchen staff: “There was one time I forgot to send a new recipe to Her Highness. It was at Balmoral and during the strawberry season. I’d sent up the new dish with a regular dish and a note came back to the kitchen.

He added, “That’s how The Queen communicated with us and it read, ‘Who or what are the veiled farmer’s daughters?’ That was the name of the dish. It was strawberries with a cinnamon muesli on the top, which she ended up eating once she knew what it was.”

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