The Queen’s former chef has revealed Her Majesty’s go-to comfort food dish – and while it’s not McDonald’s, it’s far from what you’d expect.
The Queen’s former chef has revealed the monarch’s fast food favourite, despite her tending to avoid convenient meals on the whole.
Professional chef Darren McGrady worked in the royal kitchen for 15 years preparing meals for the Queen, Prince Harry, Prince William and Princess Diana during his time at Buckingham Palace.
And he has revealed that the Queen would dodge fast food as a rule – but there was one thing that she really enjoyed, according to The Sun.
Apparently, the Queen has a taste for hamburgers, only she orders hers without the bun.
But she’s not quite digging into a Quarter Pounder for her fast food fix. Instead, her own private kitchen team prepares her a meat patty from scratch.
McGrady said: “It always tickled me at Balmoral; we would make our own burgers. They would shoot deer, and we would do venison burgers.
“There’d be gorgeous cranberry … stuffed into them, but we never set buns out.”
But when McGrady wasn’t rustling up bread-free burgers for Her Majesty, he was mainly cooking up classic French fare.
McGrady also shared that the Queen did not enjoy pizza, saying that during his whole 15 years at the palace, not a single pizza was served.
Previously, he revealed that when it came to dessert, the Queen loved a chocolate biscuit cake – so much so she would take it with her when she travelled across the country.
McGrady, who wrote recipe book Eating Royally, previously told baking website Recipes Plus: “Now the chocolate biscuit cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again every day until it’s all gone.
“She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up. She wants to finish the whole of that cake.”
The Queen also reportedly enjoys Dundee cake, a traditional Scottish fruit cake.
According to The Telegraph: “Even if she’s on a flight at tea time, out will come a cuppa, a Dundee cake and some scones and clotted cream.”
There’s a reason the Queen rarely divulges her favourite meal.
Former royal correspondent Gordon Rayner said he discovered this fact from an aide after covering more than 20 royal tours.
He explained in 2019: “As one of her staff told me, ‘If she said she had a favourite meal she would never get served anything else.’”
This article originally appeared on The Sun and is reproduced here with permission