He’s the king of the kitchen!
Former royal chef Carolyn Robb has revealed some of King Charles’ favorite food dishes and demands — including two ingredients that allegedly weren’t permitted very often.
Robb, who worked for the family between 1989 and 2000, recently divulged that the King, 74, had a penchant for “local honey” or “home-grown asparagus,” that were always from local vendors, per The Daily Express.
“Everything had to be in season,” Robb, who got her diploma at Cordon Bleu Cookery, alleged. “So no imported strawberries in December. The King was never happier than when he was eating food fresh from the garden.”
She explained that his preferences would change depending on where they were — so, if they were at Sandringham, the family’s country house, the monarch would repeatedly love to eat pheasant or venison, straight from the estate.
In the past, King Charles has not shied away from sharing his love for the environment with the world, so naturally, there was reportedly very little food waste that happened in the kitchen, per Robb, and certainly “no extravagance.”
The former chef alleged that each day, there was a “little menu book” that would have different meal suggestions in it, and the Royal Highnesses would flip through the pages to decide what they’re like to eat.
“Sometimes that would change if Charles wandered back in with something he’d picked from the garden and it would be served for dinner that evening,” Robb alleged.
She also claimed that they often didn’t use garlic or raw onion in foods that were served on the menu for one very particular reason.
“We didn’t use garlic or raw onion in many dishes as the family were always aware that they would be in close contact with members of the public!” Robb said, according to the outlet.
The Post reached out to reps at Buckingham Palace for comment.
However, royal family members avoiding garlic and raw onion isn’t something new — there have been rumors that the past that it’s something they’re meant to avoid, but Queen Camilla finally confirmed the rule during a 2018 television appearance.
While appearing on an episode of “MasterChef Australia,” judge Gary Mehigan asked the 75-year-old if there were any foods that the royals weren’t allowed to eat.
“I hate to say this, but garlic,” she admitted. “Garlic is a no-no.”
Mehigan then followed up by asking her if it was because the royals are often speaking at official engagements.
“Garlic is a no-no? Because you’re talking, chatting?” he asked.
“Yes, exactly,” Camilla replied. “So you always have to lay off the garlic.”
And, it looks like a love for fresh berries runs in the family, as the late Queen Elizabeth II’s former private chef, Darren McGrady, revealed in a YouTube video last year that she loved berries, as long as they were fresh.
He also alleged that the Queen ate the same thing every day during high tea time — a jam sandwich, something she had been eating since she was a little girl.
When she would spend time at Balmoral Caste in Scotland, they would pick fresh strawberries from the garden and make them into a jelly spread.
Queen Elizabeth passed away last September at the age of 96, and had reigned for 70 years at the time of her passing.