Wed, 31 Oct, 2018
The royal family’s former chef reveals what the royals really eat
British chef Carolyn Robb, who was the royal’s personal cook from 1989 to 2000, has released a new book titled, The Royal Touch in which she reveals the royals' favourite dishes.
Speaking about the book – which is full of some of the recipes she used to cook for the royal family – the Cordon Bleu-trained chef divulged some of the foods Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry loved tucking into, or perhaps more interestingly, what they would not eat.
“Prince Charles loved to have game from his hunting. At [their country house in] Highgrove, they’d grow their own fruit and vegetables, so almost everything was homegrown,” says Robb.
“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.”
While you might expect nothing but extravagance from the royal kitchen, Robb divulges that she would cook mostly with produce from the estate which kept costs low, with the occasional exception if they were entertaining.
“Lamb would come from the estate, milk would come from the cows on the estates. The pheasants and game were shot so that was no cost and the wild mushrooms, we'd pick and use them throughout the year.
“It was quite economical, the way the kitchen was run. We would do more extravagant things if we were entertaining.”
Interestingly, when asked if there was anything that the royals refused to eat, there was just one thing – garlic… which Robb explains: “they obviously did a lot of public engagements and were in close proximity to people and never wanted to have garlic breath.”
As for what goes on in the royal kitchen these days, Robb reveals that Kate Middleton does most of her family’s cooking.
“She comes from a normal background and a normal home where she's always cooked for herself. And what I've always heard is that William enjoys spending time with her family because they just eat together at the kitchen table like a normal family. I'm sure that's what they still do.”