Many of us would bite Jamie Oliver’s arm off if he offered to cook for us, for FREE – not that he’d be much use one-armed.
But it seems the royals can resist his winning recipes and cheeky Essex charm.
They turned the chef down when he offered to cater Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding earlier this year.
He revealed that he wrote to the couple offering his services.
But he got no response!
“I did actually write and say if they want the food sorted I would bring the best of British and American chefs together to do the catering,” he told Sunday Brunch’s Simon Rimmer.
“I didn’t get a reply. That is a true story.
“I would have done it for free, you know, I like a bit of a moment.
“[The palace is] very slick at protocol and getting those gigs done, so probably we’re a bit renegade.”
Or perhaps his former moniker as the Naked Chef was deemed inappropriate!
In the event, chef Mark Flanagan catered for the reception and Clare Smyth was given the prestigious gig in the evening.
Guests were served a selection of canapés, including: Scottish langoustines wrapped in smoked salmon with citrus crème fraiche; grilled English asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian ham; garden pea Panna Cotta with quail eggs and lemon Verbena.
Mains included: poached free range chicken bound in a lightly spiced yoghurt with roasted apricot; croquette of confit Windsor lamb, roasted vegetables and shallot jam; warm asparagus spears with mozzarella and sunblush tomatoes.
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