Queen Diamond Jubilee Garden Party Menu
Queen Elizabeth hosted 12,000 people in the garden of Buckingham Palace Monday in honor of her diamond jubilee. It would be straight up rude not to offer the guests something to eat so the Palace tapped three Michelin star chef Heston Blumenthal to serve up grub good enough to eat from a basket.
With such a large crowd Heston wasn’t the only one working on the menu, Royal baker Fiona Cairns and the Queen’s chef Mark Flanagan also helped design the dishes. The Queen herself gave final approval to each dish after sampling each. It reportedly took six months to finalize the menu.
On the menu:
- Chilled British Country Garden Soup made from baby plum tomatoes and mint-infused oil.
- Crunchy seasonal crudites
- Lapsang Souchong tea-smoked Scottish salmon
- West Country farmhouse cheddar
- Fresh bread rolls
- Diamond Jubilee Chicken in the style of Coronation chicken and flavored with Indian spices with mayonnaise, coriander and peppery nigella seeds
- Sandringham Strawberry Crumble Crunch with fruit from the Queen’s estate, meringue, cream and an oat-crumble topping
- Chocolate Indulgence Cake featuring gold crowns and topped with popping candy
- Lemon and Caraway Madeira Cake
- Prince of Wales Duchy Originals from Waitrose Oaten Biscuits
There were also vegetarian, dairy and gluten free options. To top it all off, each wicker basket also included a voucher for a glass of Moet and Chandon champagne or Cobra beer.