Former royal chef Darren McGrady said when working for the late Queen Elizabeth II, Charles favored organic options and even brought his personal chefs to pick wild mushrooms at Balmoral Castle.
According to McGrady’s book, Charles was very fond of the wild mushrooms that grow at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
“I soon realized what Prince Charles had known for a long time: Balmoral is an absolute treasure trove of wild mushrooms,” McGrady wrote, adding that a rivalry had erupted between the Queen’s Chefs and Charles’ Chefs over ‘them. (At the time McGrady’s book was published, Charles was still a prince.)
“Unfortunately for Prince Charles, the Queen’s head chef, Peter Page, was also aware that porcini mushrooms were growing in abundance on the property, and he was adamant that the prince’s chefs were not going to take them,” McGrady continued. “He staged a mushroom raid across the estate before Prince Charles’ entourage arrived at Balmoral.”
McGrady added: “The Prince’s chiefs were more than a little irritated. ‘Well, fear one for the Queen’s men,’ I thought.”