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Former royal chef reveals the dish that left the Queen baffled

Anish Vij

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Former royal chef reveals the dish that left the Queen baffled

A former royal chef has revealed the one dish that left the Queen completely baffled.

Darren McGrady has cooked for the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, King Charles III, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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The 60-year-old chef, who worked the Royal kitchens from 1982 to 1993, claims the Queen wasn't much of a foodie and would often eat the same dishes.

However, if a new dish was to make it onto the menu, Her Majesty would have to first approve of the recipe beforehand.

So, McGrady opted to give the age old dish 'Veiled Farmer's Daughter' a try.

Darren McGrady has cooked for the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, King Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. Credit: YouTube/Darren McGrady
Darren McGrady has cooked for the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, King Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry. Credit: YouTube/Darren McGrady

The dish was sent up to the Queen and was immediately sent back down to the kitchen.

Her Majesty was not just perplexed by the name of the dish, but rather that she hadn't been briefed the ingredients beforehand, as protocol dictates.

When 'Veiled Farmer's Daughter' was handed back to the kitchen, Chef McGrady noticed a handwritten note written by the Queen herself - notably in good humour.

"What or who are the Veiled Farmers Daughters?!" the Queen's note brilliantly read.

Her Majesty was perplexed by the name of the dish. Credit: YouTube/Darren McGrady
Her Majesty was perplexed by the name of the dish. Credit: YouTube/Darren McGrady

Chef McGrady told LADbible: "With the Queen, she did stick mainly to the same dishes most of the time.

"If we bought a new dish on the menu, we would write it in the menu, send it up to the Queen, and then she would get to choose which she wanted.

"If we had a new recipe, then we actually have to send the recipe up to the Queen."

He added: "So she wrote a big note back to the kitchen saying 'who and what are the Veiled Farmer's Daughters', so I had to rush the recipe back upstairs so she could see it."

"What or who are the Veiled Farmers Daughters?!" the Queen's note brilliantly read. Credit: Agencja Fotograficzna Caro / Alamy Stock Photo
"What or who are the Veiled Farmers Daughters?!" the Queen's note brilliantly read. Credit: Agencja Fotograficzna Caro / Alamy Stock Photo

So, what is the 'Veiled Farmer's Daughter'?

The traditional Norwegian dessert consists of a recipe of strawberries, oranges, cinnamon, crumble and is served in a sundae glass.

Although Queen Elizabeth wasn't massively into her food, McGrady says that she definitely had a sweet tooth.

Darren McGrady's dish that left the queen baffled. Credit: YouTube/Darren McGrady
Darren McGrady's dish that left the queen baffled. Credit: YouTube/Darren McGrady

"The Queen loved chocolate, anything chocolate, the darker the chocolate the better," McGrady said.

"So whenever I put down the menu that was always a hit. But she also loved indigenous produce fruit from her estates."

He also claims that King Charles was also 'more of a foodie than the Queen was'.

"Yeah, so lots of organic food for the Prince of Wales. And he loves Italian food," the chef said.

McGrady would often cook for the Queen's guests, which included five US presidents and '100 different Kings and Queens around the world'.

He left the Royal kitchens after the death of Princess Diana, of whom he was catering for at the time.

McGrady joined a kitchen in Dallas and has since started a YouTube channel, which you can take a look at by clicking on the - link.

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Darren McGrady/Agencja Fotograficzna Caro/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: The Queen, Royal Family

Anish Vij
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