Former royal chef reveals the Queen loves shrimp on toast but can’t stand garlic as he answers questions from fans on cooking for Her Majesty
- Darren McGrady, 58, worked for The Queen and Princess Diana in the 1990s
- He revealed Her Majesty doesn’t like garlic and they couldn’t cook with it
- Added that she enjoy Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps on toast and enjoys produce grown at Balmoral
The Queen’s former chef has revealed Her Majesty hates garlic and he could never cook with it while in her service.
Darren McGrady, 58, who was the personal chef to the Queen as well as Princess Diana in the 1990s, revealed on his YouTube channel that the royal does have a fondness for her home grown food.
In a Q&A session to celebrate reaching 25,000 followers the British-born chef said: ‘The Queen doesn’t like garlic, we could never use it at Buckingham Palace.
Darren McGrady, who was the personal chef to the Queen as well as Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry in the 1990s, revealed on his YouTube channel that the royal does have a fondness for her home grown food. Pictured, speaking in the new video
‘There’s foods the Queen does love though and it’s all the produce off their estate, especially Balmoral Castle.
Later in the video he adds the Queen loves Morecambe Bay Potted Shrimps – which she often eats on toast.
‘They’re little brown shrimp harvested from Morecambe (in Lancashire) and they’re cooked and marinated in this secret spicy butter.
‘The Queen would have it with warm toast and when you spread it the butter melts and you have this beautiful shrimp as well. You need to look them up to try them.
Darren revealed the Queen hates the taste of garlics
Darren, who trained at the Savoy in London, added that working for the Queen was very different to working at a high end restaurant or hotel as everything was adjusted to suit her tastes.
‘When I moved to Buckingham Palace it was more about cooking dishes that the Queen liked.
‘You could do a Beef Stroganoff – if she didn’t like paprika in there then suddenly Beef Stroganoff became a dish that didn’t have paprika in.
‘You’re just cooking for that one person, whereas in a hotel you’re cooking your food for all the difference clients coming in.
Darren, who has cooked for five US presidents, also revealed that the royal family’s main food tradition was a roast turkey on Christmas day.
And it’s not just royals that indulged in delicious food at the palace. Darren said that every Friday all Buckingham Palace staff would enjoy a fish and chip lunch with salad cream.
The chef has given a number of interviews reflecting on his time with the royal family in recent months.
Darren hung up his royal apron in 1997 after Princess Diana died, but says his time at Kensington Palace and Windsor Castle looms large in his memory.
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