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Ex-Royal Chef Reveals Unusual Way The Queen Likes Her Fish And Chips

Charisa Bossinakis

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Ex-Royal Chef Reveals Unusual Way The Queen Likes Her Fish And Chips

Queen Elizabeth II's former chef has revealed how Her Royal Highness likes to eat her fish and chips, and it's not what you'd think.

Darren McGrady, who served as the Queen’s personal chef at Buckingham Palace from the '80s to the '90s, said he would prepare the fish baked and bread-crumbed rather than deep-fried and battered.

“Fish fried in all that crispy rich batter was a little bit too much for her, she preferred a more refined fish and chips," he said in a YouTube clip.


He also disclosed that the Queen preferred her chips cut in neat ‘rectangles’ and stacked like a Jenga ‘tower’, with a French Twist comprising ‘special chips’.

Who knew there was such precision when it came to fish and chips?

Also, don't even think of including tartar sauce on the dish. The head of the British Royal Family enjoys tarragon hollandaise sauce, which, Darren explained, is super-rich, made from ‘90 per cent butter’.

Mushy peas are also a no go for Her Majesty.


Many users were amused by the Queen’s style of fish and chips.

One wrote: “Did the Queen ever play Jenga with her chips when you stacked them up like that?”

Another user commented: “Looks amazing but if you served me fish and chips with only 6 chips I’d be fuming.”

A third wrote: “The Queen doesn't know what she's missing: beer battered cod, deep fried chips, mushy peas, salt, vinegar, scraps. Can't beat it.”


The chef also revealed to HELLO! Online recently that the Queen’s corgis also had a curated ‘royal menu’.

Credit: Alamy
Credit: Alamy

"It would be chosen and sent to us in the kitchen every month by Mrs Fennick, who took care of all the dogs at Sandringham," he said.

McGrady said that there was a lot of variety in their diet and her dogs would indulge in a different kind of meat every day.


"It would list each day what the dogs were to have. One day it would be beef, the next day chicken, the next day lamb, the next day rabbit and it alternated through those days," he added.

McGrady also served Princess Diana, and Prince William and Harry for 15 years.

He's cooked for several presidents, including George Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr. and Bill Clinton.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: News, The Queen, Royal Family, Food And Drink

Charisa Bossinakis
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