McGrady once decided to try an older dish called “veiled farmer’s daughter”. But if a new dish appeared on the menu, Her Majesty had to approve the recipe first. “When we wanted to enrich the menu, we wrote the name of the new dish on the menu, which we then sent to the Queen and she could then choose what she wanted to have cooked,” the former chef told LADbible.
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So when he wrote down the strange-sounding name of the dessert on the menu he had the servants send up to the royal chambers, he didn’t expect how quickly he would get an answer. McGrady’s delicacy failed her in two crucial points. Firstly, he did not inform the queen in advance about the composition of the recipe, which was also required by the protocol. And secondly, the name was confusing to Her Majesty.
Along with the menu, he also got his hands on a handwritten note from the Queen on a piece of paper, which read: “What or who is the veiled farmer’s daughter?” This made the chef laugh and also surprised him at how good Elizabeth II’s mood was. she wrote. “So I had to quickly edit it and have it sent up again,” McGrady recalled.
The queen loved sweets
It was a good thing that the queen was interested in the food and did not wave her hand over it. The veiled farmer’s daughter is a traditional Norwegian layered dessert consisting of strawberries, oranges, cinnamon and crumb, which is served in a goblet glass.
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Former chef of the royal family also on Elizabeth II. revealed that although she wasn’t particularly picky about food, she definitely had a weakness for sweets. “The Queen loved chocolate. Any. But the darker it was, the better,” he told the server. She also liked local fruit from her farms, he said.
McGrady also spoke about other members of the royal family. For example, the then Prince Charles and the current King Charles III he was a much bigger gourmand than the queen, he said. “I cooked a lot of organic food for the former Prince of Wales. He also loves Italian cuisine,” he said. Prince Harry, on the other hand, adored cottage pie with ground beef and mashed potatoes. His brother William, on the other hand, enjoyed a roast chicken with really crispy skin. Even Princess Diana was fond of sweets, she often prepared a traditional British dessert of bread pudding or crème brûlée.
During his service in the royal kitchen, he often cooked for guests, which included five American presidents and a hundred different kings and queens from around the world.
McGrady left his job after Princess Diana’s death. He then joined a restaurant in Dallas, USA. He also started his own YouTube channel where he shares his recipes with viewers.