The fruit is usually a pretty low-effort snack. Whether it’s an apple, an orange, or a grape, most people just grab a piece and eat it. However, Queen ElizabethIts former chef is revealing complex ways to eat its fruit.
The Queen’s former chef shares everything on YouTube
Darren McGrady has served as personal chef for Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry. He has also cooked for American presidents, including former presidents Ford, Reagan, Clinton, and both Bush.
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McGrady posted a YouTube video about cooking for the Queen, and in a clip he explained how he served fruit to Queen Elizabeth. First, he explained that what the Americans referred to as “dessert” was what the British called “pudding.” UK desserts are actually fruit.
The chef then shared that the queen often did not have pudding and ate only a small plate of fruit instead. “The fruit came from local purifiers,” McGrady continued. “The apples, when they were in season, came from Sandringham, and the peaches came from Windsor Castle.”
Chefs prepare fruit pieces in a complex way
McGrady spoke cautiously about cutting each piece of fruit so that it would be ready to serve at parties and official occasions. The chef explained, “The grapes were cut into small bunches so you could only help one or two.”
This all sounds pretty reasonable, but when it comes to callers, McGrady and the rest of the chefs have a lot of work to do to prepare their tables. “It was indecent to eat a banana like a monkey at Buckingham Palace,” he said. “You have to eat it with a fruit knife and fork.” McGrady showed how the royals would eat a banana for the camera, describing his activity: “Trim the edges, cut the center, open it, put the last pieces back on the skin and then cut a few rings and you can continue the conversation.”
Apples require a similarly complex preparation, with party guests hoping to cut their apples into small pieces and polish the skin. “Of course, your fingers were getting dirty and sticky,” McGrady shared. “So there was always a finger bowl around. At some banquets, some guests actually thought it was for drinking. “
This may sound like a lot of work for a few pieces of fruit, but all the complex preparations for each type of fruit seem to be designed to avoid any embarrassing moments for the queen, the rest of the royal family and their guests.