In 2018, Queen Camilla and King Charles made an appearance on MasterChef Australia.
The contestants on the show were tasked with preparing canapés for 150 guests at the Royal Flying Doctor Service base in Darwin, Australia.
Australian mag Now To Love explained that Charles was a “keen foodie”, and wanted to see indigenous and local ingredients used in the food challenge.
Queen Camilla gave a little insight into what kinds of food her husband loves to eat – plus what should be avoided at all costs.
She told Gary Mehigan, a judge on the show: “He loves local cheeses, he’s a huge cheese fan. Anything to do with cheese he’ll love.”
She added that Charles would enjoy “anything with eggs”, especially if served with local vegetables – “he’d love that, you’d definitely see a smile”.
As for what the King would not want to be served, Camilla suggested that contestants might want to steer clear of a particular ingredient.
However, it’s a very tricky one to avoid as it’s used in pretty much everything.
Next, Gary asked: “What wouldn’t you like to see on a tray walking around at a royal reception as a canapé?”
Camilla revealed that garlic is often off-limits at royal events, although it’s more about smell than taste.
The now Queen said: “I hate to say this but garlic.” She confirmed that garlic is a “no-no”.
While garlic is pretty delicious, it’s understandable that Charles and Camilla might ditch it to avoid the awkwardness of bad breath during important discussions or meet and greets.
Royal chefs who cater for King Charles must avoid two other staple ingredients. Speaking to HELLO!, Graham Tinsley MBE, former manager of the Welsh Culinary Team, divulged: “[King] Charles doesn’t like chocolate, he doesn’t like coffee, nor does he like garlic.”
He confirmed that the royal is a huge fan of eggs though, particularly coddled (meaning boiled for around two to three minutes).
He reportedly enjoyed his coddled egg peeled and hidden under salad leaves, which he would then mash together to form a mayonnaise-like dressing.