Royal Family chef describes ‘major operation’ cooking for young Harry and William


Darren McGrady was a personal cook for the Queen, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry for fifteen years. The royal chef worked at Buckingham Palace from 1982 to 1993 and Kensington Palace from 1993 to 1997.

He explained why royal babies would never eat packaged food.

Mr McGrady previously told Today.com: “I’ve certainly never seen packaged food with any of the royal babies.

“Why would they buy packaged food when the queen has 20 personal chefs?”

Mr McGrady now lives in America and has cooked for five US Presidents.

During his time working for the Royal Family, he would puree the young princes’ first meals of steamed apples and pears from the Queen’s Sandringham estate.

He explained that the purees had to be sieved twice to be fully sure there were no remaining lumps.

The royal chef added: “As they got older, you’d have one chef in the kitchen doing the chicken, one doing the veg, and then it would all be blended together; it was a major operation cooking for them.”

He highlighted how the princes’ nanny would make sure the boys ate their greens.

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“I remember coming into work one morning and nanny had asked for roasted chicken and she wanted lots of green vegetables served with it too.

“Well, I think William or Harry must have looked at the menu and thought ‘Hmm we don’t want that’.

“When I came in in the evening there was a note on my desk and it said ‘Darren, please give the boys pizza for their dinner tonight – signed Jess’.

“I looked at it and thought ‘Why is this in the writing of a five-year-old’ and then I realised who had written it.

“They actually got the roasted chicken. I was scared of the nanny.”



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