Royal chef recalls Windsor’s ‘most incredible sweet peaches’ – ‘Had to lock them away’

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Darren McGrady was a personal chef to the Queen, Princess Diana, Prince William and Prince Harry for fifteen years. Speaking to OK! Magazine, the royal chef revealed the wonderful sweet fruit which would grow on the royal estate during his time there.

He explained that the peaches were so delicious the chefs would have to “lock them away” for the Queen.

Mr McGrady said: “The most incredible sweet white Windsor peaches grew on the estate too in my day.

“We’d have to lock them away in the kitchens because everyone wanted to taste them.

“The Queen always looked forward to those but she’d have to wait until they were in season.”

The royal chef worked at Buckingham Palace from 1982 to 1993 and Kensington Palace from 1993 to 1997.

While working at Kensington Palace, Mr McGrady would have to cook for the young Prince Harry and Prince William.

Speaking to, the chef explained that royal babies would never eat packaged food.

He said: “I’ve certainly never seen packaged food with any of the royal babies.

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

Mr McGrady 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.”

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

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