The phrase "to eat like a king" implies that if you are royalty, you're being treated to the most expensive, most rare, and most sought after foods in the world.
But according to a couple of ex-royal chefs, the opposite might be true.
Darren McGrady and Carolyn Robb, who both acted as personal chefs to the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William, and Prince Harry, have shared the royals' kitchen secrets (Diana was such a hopeless cook that she had to be left instructions on how to use the microwave), thrifty ways (the Queen once sent a lemon garnish back to the kitchen for them to use again), and favorite recipes (including the Queen's favorite chocolate cake).
In case you've ever wanted to dine like royalty, we've compiled our own versions of the royal family's favorite recipes. Enjoy!
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"The Queen loves chocolate, and the Chocolate Perfection Pie was one of her favorites. It has three layers, and I think the word perfection sums up her 60-year reign," said former cook, Darren McGrady.
"[The Queen] loved grilled Dover sole. Really simple, light, and no sauce. Clean and simple that was how she liked it," said Darren McGrady.
Prince Charles is notoriously fussy about his runny eggs, according to an ex-chef. "His eggs had to be boiled for exactly four minutes. It was never anything other than a four-minute egg. I always kept three pans boiling — just to be safe."
Princess Diana's favorite dessert was a simple bread and butter pudding, which she insisted always had lots of raisins in it.
Another favorite of Diana's was stuffed peppers and eggplants, which were picked from the estate garden.
"Like all children, [Prince William and Prince Harry] had their things they liked to eat, but they’d eat roast chicken, Shepard’s pie, homemade fish fingers."
"When they came home from school on weekends [Prince William and Prince Harry] would ask me to teach them how to cook spaghetti bolognese or other recipes they were allowed to make themselves," said former chef, Carolyn Robb.
McGrady knew when Prince William would be coming for tea because there would be a request for chocolate biscuit cake. Prince William even served chocolate biscuit cake at his grooms party.
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According to a former RAF chef, Prince William is partial to lasagna. "He was a bit of a lasagna man," the chef revealed.
According to Vanity Fair, Duchess Kate reportedly makes her own jam with strawberries, cherries, and raspberries from her garden.
The Queen has requested the exact same chocolate cake for "over 80 years" says her chef. She's so dedicated to this particular cake that she knows when a slice is smaller than usual!
This post was written by Katie Skelly. For more, check out our sister site Now to Love.
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