For centuries Kings and Queens of England have enjoyed the very finest foods and wines from around the world. Fine food for the queens important day is always what is required.
Fine foods have been enjoyed by our monarchs for over a thousand years, exotic meats such as turbot, venison and swan were common on royal dining tables and all foods were cooked to a high standard. Today such foods are still considered exotic and ice cream was served to King Charles in 1670 (no refrigerators on those days). Fine food for the queen is always needed.
Only the best wines were served for royalty, Queen Victoria is known for drinking whisky with her meals. Madeira was common with her guests and ale for other guests. Today Berry Bros supplies wine to the royal palace.
Fine decorations were used for banquets over the centuries from elaborate gold platters to jewel encrusted salt shakers. Setting up for banquets often took time and even today preparations for royal banquets can take day’s of cleaning, organising and setting up places. Folding of napkins even takes 1 person a couple of days to fold hundreds of napkins into the shape of a Dutch bonnet.
Presentation of dishes was always very important going back a thousand years and even now presenting the Queen’s food it down to a master chef. Queen Victoria for her diamond jubilee had a head chef and also drafted in 24 top chefs from Paris to cook for her banquet. Fine food for the queen is always needed.
Fine food for the queens celebration was essential. This year (2012) is our current Queen’s diamond jubilee and is going to be just as lavish an event as her predecessors banquets were.
Royal dining has always included royals from other nations, high profile dignitaries (such as the aristocracy, prime ministers, celebrities and other high status members of society) from around the world.
Fine dining has come into the public eye more in recent years with the growth of the media and TV cooking shows (shows such as master chef) and celebrities.