- Buckingham Palace’s menu has seen a few changes thanks to the addition of hospitality workers from the Carribean.
- Royal chef Mark Flanagan said that the callaloo soup was an “absolute sensation” and that he has been inundated with requests for the soup to become a more regular part of the palace’s menu.
- One of the young Carribean chefs said he wanted to give the Queen “a little idea of what we eat at home.”
- “It’s a change from what they are used to, from fish and chips,” he joked.
Diners at Buckingham Palace have developed a new love for Carribean food – and it seems that even the Queen might be a fan.
A host of young hospitality workers from the Carribean were brought to the palace in London on a scholarship, where they brought new flavours to the royal kitchen that proved a huge hit.
Mark Flanagan, a royal chef in the palace, said that it was “terrific” to have the new perspective in the kitchen and that the “a number of the Caribbean dishes were particularly well received” by those dining in the palace.
Flanagan was speaking on “Queen of the World,” a two-part documentary by British broadcaster ITV, which was granted year-long access to the Queen, her staff, and younger members of the royal family, including Meghan Markle.
The biggest hit of all, Flanagan said, was the callaloo soup. The soup, which has callaloo leaves as its main ingredient, was an “absolute sensation,” Flanagan said.
“I had email after email telling me it must now feature more regularly.”
Jared Forbes, from the Bahamas, said he wanted to give the Queen “a little idea of what we eat at home.”
“It’s a change from what they are used to, from fish and chips,” he joked.
Forbes, making a traditional rice dish for fellow staff, expressed pride at working at the palace.
“I don’t think my grandma, when she taught me how to make this rice, that she ever thought I would be serving it to Buckingham Palace. I’m quite proud of that.”
Other clips showed kitchen staff preparing more typical meals for the royal family, such as watercress pannacotta.
“Queen of the World” part two broadcasts on ITV at 9 p.m. on October 2.
Part one broadcasts in the US on HBO at 8 p.m. on October 1.
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