Queen Elizabeth Typically Avoids Fast Food, But She Has One Guilty Pleasure, Royal Chef Reveals
Queen Elizabeth doesn't gravitate towards eating fast food — but she will make one exception for this yummy sustenance, professional chef Darren McGrady, who prepared meals for the monarch, admitted.
According to the chef, the 95-year-old loves hamburgers. “There’d be gorgeous cranberry stuffed into them, but we never set buns out," he said.
McGrady added that during his 15 years at the palace, the Queen did not devour pizza once!
When he wasn't cooking meat, he opted for whipping up some French food.
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One of the foods she hates the most is garlic, as she would "never have it on the menu," McGrady said. "She hated the smell of it, she hated the taste of it.”
McGrady also shared how he would trick Princess Diana and the Queen.
“I always suggested two puddings for the menu — Diana’s favorite and one the Queen didn’t like so I knew the Queen would pick the bread and butter creme soufflé,” he explained. “It worked every time and the Princess got it whenever she visited the Queen. When the platter came back to the kitchen I had to fight off the chefs from digging in and I’d put it into the warmer and wait.”
Graham Tinsley, who has cooked for the Queen many times over the years, revealed that before she attends a big banquet or dinner, there are certain protocols in place.
“If we were just cooking for the royal family, we weren’t always aware of the security. It only changed if there were heads of state coming over, and then the security was really, really tight,” he told HELLO! magazine. “If we were catering for a heads of state banquet then all the catering staff would have to meet at a police station and get a motorcycle ride [to the castle].”
He added, “For higher-caliber banquets, we’re required to put all our food, containers, knives and kitchen equipment through an X-ray machine … Some banquets even have code names to protect their security!”