A Palace Chef Tells All: What the Royal Family Really Eats
A new cookbook entitled The Royal Touch feeds our enchantment with the English first family beyond the usual gossip and discussion of Princess Kate's much-envied wardrobe choices. In the book, former personal palace chef Carolyn Robb shares the recipes Prince Charles, Princess Diana, and Princes William and Harry enjoyed most, alongside charming anecdotes of her time spent at Buckingham Palace. An interview on Racked with Robb reveals some details we're really reveling in. Read on for a few favorite learnings.
They were locavores, before it was cool.
According to Robb, "Prince Charles loved to have game from his hunting. At Highgrove, they’d grow their own fruit and vegetables, so almost everything was homegrown. That was the kind of thing he liked most of all—things from the garden, from the estate. Both he and Princess Diana had a really healthy diet."
It could resemble Downton Abbey, at times.
"If they were entertaining... it was much more formal: butlers would serve the meal to the table and the food was on silver platters."
They didn't count calories.
But were health-conscious. "It was a healthy diet in terms of everything being homemade. Everything was from scratch: bread, pasta, ice cream, as well as ingredients like mayonnaise," says Robb.
Tupperware met the royal standard.
Apparently, the Prince was a thrifty fellow. According to Robb, he "very much believed that nothing should go to waste. If there were leftovers, they’d be used one way or another. If not for him, then rehashed and used for a meal the following day."
Lay off the stink, please!
The only forbidden food of the royal kitchen was garlic: "And the reason for that was that they obviously did a lot of public engagements and were in close proximity to people and never wanted to have garlic."
Royals, they're just like us!