All of us have food preferences. We don’t like our food to be spicy or we’d rather not eat bread. But when it comes to the Royal Family, they don’t have food preferences. Instead they have food rules.
The only possible downside to being a member of the Royal Family is that eating shellfish is forbidden. As previously reported by the BBC, those in line to the throne are banned from eating shellfish because it contains a high risk of foodborne illness. That means no lobster, no shrimp cocktails, and no mussels.
In addition, the Royal Family is strongly advised to avoid meats cooked rare and drinking tap water while visiting foreign countries. This is to avoid any potential bug while fulfilling their busy schedule full of important responsibilities.
And if you’re eating with Queen Elizabeth, you’ll experience even more dietary restrictions. Reportedly, Buckingham Palace chefs can’t cook with garlic in the Queen’s presence. However this is not for any safety reasons. It’s just because she doesn’t like the taste.
“The Queen is a wonderful lady, the royal family are wonderful people but they’re missing out on garlic because at Buckingham Palace you don’t cook with garlic. I suppose, in case you get the royal burp,” Chef John Higgins, a Buckingham Palace former chef, told the National Post.
The Queen also has a no-starch rule for dinner. You won’t be eating any yummy potatoes or pasta in her presence. As another former chef told The Telegraph, usually they’d prepare something like “grilled sole with vegetables and salad.”
Perhaps one of the quirkiest diet inclusions involves a snack Queen Elizabeth won’t travel without: chocolate biscuit cake.
“Now the Chocolate Biscuit Cake is the only cake that goes back again and again and again every day until it’s all gone,” [former Royal Chef Darren] McGrady said. “She’ll take a small slice every day until eventually there is only one tiny piece, but you have to send that up, she wants to finish the whole of that cake.”
Oh, and the staff not dare take a piece of her chocolate cake. McGrady says if a slice were missing, she would notice. Also, if Her Majesty were traveling to Windsor Castle and there was Chocolate Biscuit Cake left over, the senior chef would follow on a train with the cake in tow.
So now you know. If you want to live that Royal Family lifestyle, eat the cake, but leave the shellfish.