Food - Drink
The Fancy Food King Charles Banned From Royal Menus
Former royal chef Darren McGrady spent 11 years cooking for the late Queen Elizabeth II, but he also knew plenty about the preferences of her relatives. In 2017, McGrady revealed that the former Prince Charles had banned a certain food from royal menus, and now that Charles is King, this detail gives us a glimpse into his personal ideology.
Foie gras (French for "fat liver") is the fattened liver of a duck or goose, and it can be enjoyed in pâtés, terrines, pies, or simply sliced and seared on its own. To produce foie gras, the ducks or geese are said to be "force fed" via a tube full of grain down their throats, leading their livers to swell many times beyond their original size.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund claims that the production of foie gras is cruel to the birds, but Serious Eats' J. Kenji Lopez-Alt toured a foie farm that takes great pains to care for their animals. Others argue that examining the anatomy of ducks reveals that they can accommodate the feeding process with no discomfort.
In any case, King Charles banned foie from royal kitchens over a decade ago, and in 2008, The Daily Mail reported that he considered voiding a Royal Warrant granted to a favored shop, Gloucestershire's House of Cheese, because they sell foie gras. Now that Charles is in charge, foie is not likely to arrive within fifty feet of Buckingham Palace.