Bet you won't try this at home, Camilla! Duchess of Cornwall dons a pinny to make 'meal fit for the Queen' for Diamond Jubilee celebrations
She might not get much of a chance to spend time in the kitchen herself. After all there are a legion of chefs to do the job for her nowadays.
But the Duchess of Cornwall can still rustle up a mean roast chicken (according to her food writer son, Tom, anyway) and is a keen champion of the best of British produce.
This afternoon she donned a pinny and picked up a rolling pin to launch a competition to create a special menu to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
The Duchess of Cornwall visited students at the Nova Hreod College in Swindon where she launched the British Food Fortnight's Cook for the Queen Diamond Jubilee competition
The idea was Camilla's and is her own tribute to the monarch who celebrates 60 years on the throne this June.
Schoolchildren aged 10 to 15 are
invited to enter and representatives from the four winning primary or
secondary schools will be invited to Buckingham Palace to see their
recipes turned into fabulous canapes by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan and
served up at a reception attended by the Queen herself.
Launching British Food Fortnight’s
Cook For The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee competition during a visit to
Swindon, Wiltshire, Camilla told students at the Nova Hreod College
about the history of Coronation Chicken, which was invented by
Constance Spry and served at the Queen’s Coronation lunch in 1953.
Asked for a tip, the Duchess said she thought the Queen would like to see a simple dish win the competition.
'I think she likes things very plain, nothing too complicated,' she said.
As for what she might cook for her mother-in-law, she added: 'I cook, let’s say that.
'What would I cook, well it would be something very simple.
The Duchess of Cornwall made ploughman's tarts with pupil Hannah Stevenson, 14, and headmistress Julie Tridgell. 'She quite got the trick of it by the end,' said Hannah
'I don’t dare go on about my roast chicken, but I know that’s the safest thing I can cook.'
Earlier she donned a white apron and helped 14-year-old Hannah Stevenson to roll out pastry.
The young chef, from Moredon, Swindon
has already picked up a few tips from her mother, father and uncle, who
are all professional cooks.
Attempting to make ploughman’s tarts,
Camilla got stuck in but admitted pastry was not her forte and said she
might need a few lessons herself.
Hannah, who unsurprisingly wants to
be a chef herself, said: 'It’s really nice to meet her. I didn’t think
she would actually come and talk to me.
'I thought she maybe needed a bit more flour, but apart from that she got the trick.'
As she left the Duchess told the
students: 'I would like to wish everybody who is in this competition the
very best of British luck.
'You’ve got some very very hard competition, but I know how good you are because I’ve seen you in the kitchen.
'So I hope, and it would be very nice, to see you in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace.
'I just really wanted to say, get cooking.'
Representatives from four winning schools will be invited to Buckingham Palace to see their recipes turned into canapes by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan – and served to the Queen herself
Before she left, the Duchess of Cornwall wished the students the best of luck, saying she hoped she would see them in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace soon
For further information on the competition see www.lovebritishfood.co.uk