When it comes to sitting down for a meal, we all have our likes and dislikes. In that regard, Queen Elizabeth II is no different from the rest of us. When preparing a feast for the queen, her kitchen staff must not only work around Her Majesty’s tastes but also royal protocol. Darren McGrady was a chef for the royal family from 1982 to 1997. Additionally, he is the author of the book Eating Royally: Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen. Chef McGrady, and others, share insights into dining with the queen, and foods you probably won’t find at her table.
According to Chef McGrady, Queen Elizabeth avoids eating starchy foods like potatoes, bread, and pasta. In an interview for RecipesPlus, McGrady noted that Her Majesty avoids consuming these starchy foods unless it is a special occasion. Instead, he notes that Queen Elizabeth’s typical fare at home includes vegetables, fruit, and grilled fish or chicken.
You needn’t worry about offending the queen with garlicky breath while dining in her presence. Chef McGrady has stated that Queen Elizabeth banned the aromatic bulb from palace kitchens. This statement was confirmed by the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla Parker-Bowles, on an episode of MasterChef Australia.