The Queen's Former Chef Shares Buckingham Palace Kitchen Secrets

June 1, 2012

A former Buckingham Palace chef, Darren McGrady, reveals what he learned about Queen Elizabeth II's food preferences during his 15-year-run as her chef -- she has surprisingly simple taste. 

According to McGrady, the Queen would usually start her day with a light breakfast of cereal, Cornflakes or Special K, with dried fruit or macadamia nuts. For lunch, around 1pm, the Queen would have fish, which often consisted of grilled Dover sole with spinach. Next, she would relax during high tea, where she will snack on cake, scones and sandwiches with the crust cut-off (often jam sandwiches. Her dinners would include game, fish or pheasant, followed by fresh fruit for dessert. 

"Game from any of the royal household were popular and peaches were her favorite," McGrady said. 

However, the Queen never left the kitchen without giving a helping hand. 

"At the end of the meal, the Queen will rinse the plates, that's her contribution," he said.

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