Queen Elizabeth uses knife and fork to eat bananas, does not want to be seen 'gobbling like a monkey'
The former royal chef reveals the Queen's quirky eating habits and the kind of food she likes and dislikes in his book 'Eating Royalty'
Queen Elizabeth II has a rather unique way of eating bananas. Her former chef Darren McGrady, who used to work at the Buckingham Palace, reveals that Her Majesty uses a fork and knife to eat the fruit.
Mirror reports that the Queen chooses to use cutlery to eat bananas because she doesn't want to be seen gobbling food "like a monkey". Her strange quirks to do with food don't end there. She has also banned pasta, potato, and garlic. Shellfish is also a no-no because it has high risks of causing food poisoning. McGrady reveals that the Queen dislikes starchy food and steers clear of garlic and onion because the Royal Family is constantly meeting people. The 92-year-old also does not have a taste for out-of-season vegetables and prefers low-fat options like chicken or grilled fish.
McGrady's book 'Eating Royalty' reveals more details of the eating habits of the Royal Family. While eating a banana, the Queen chooses to cut the top and bottom off, then slice the skin away length-ways. She proceeds to eat it with a fork only after cutting into small pieces. In the book, the former royal chef recounts his first ever job in the royal kitchen which involved cutting carrots. Thinking he was cutting them for Her Majesty, he turned to his boss saying, "She really likes her carrots, doesn’t she?", to which the kitchen chief replied, "No, they are not for the Queen, but for her horse."
While the Queen is set in her ways about her food habits, her husband Prince Philip has tastes that are distinct from his wife.
Despite the queen's ban on garlic, Prince Philip seems to love it which is why whenever the Queen was away, the staff would indulge the Prince. McGrady said, "We could never serve garlic to the Queen, but Prince Philip loved it." He continued, "If we were at Balmoral and she was out, we’d slather his steak in garlic. But when she was at the table, there was no garlic at all. It was seen as anti-social."
Darren, who now runs his own catering company in Dallas, Texas, also revealed that the Queen is not much of a foodie at all, reports Daily Mail. She prefers to throw dinners away rather than eating them. "She eats to live, it’s Prince Philip who lives to eat. He loves food, he's interested in food, he wants to know where it comes from. The Queen, not so much," he added.
McGrady also talked about how the Queen loved to host parties and banquets and she would oversee every minute detail. "She’d oversee the full menu, choose what she wanted – 'do we have enough pheasant, grouse, partridge?' She loved food from the Estate and to see her own produce on the menu. She loved the hosting side of the event. Garden parties were huge. We'd have to do so much food, scones, and pastries, ice cream made fresh," he revealed. The Queen is also known to be 'chocoholic' and her favorite dessert was something called a 'chocolate perfection pie' — a pastry case lined with meringue, cinnamon, and chocolate cream.