An Evening with the Royal chef

thursday JUNE 22, 2017

Presented by

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A portion of the proceeds from this evening's event will be used by the amical Foundation to help fund scholarships at Northwestern Michigan College


Amical invites you to join them on June 22, 2017 for an evening with the Royal Chef, Darren McGrady. Chef McGrady trained at The Savoy Hotel in London before moving to Buckingham Palace. For the next 11 years he cooked for Queen Elizabeth II & the Duke of Edinburgh on a daily basis and catered banquets for Foreign Heads of State; including Presidents’ Bush, Clinton, Reagan and Ford. His duties also included traveling with the royal family to Windsor Castle, Sandringham House and Balmoral Castle, as well as touring the world with them on the Royal Yacht Britannia.

In 1993, when Diana and Charles separated, Darren transferred to Kensington Palace as Private Chef to the Princess of Wales. For the next four years, until the tragic accident in August 1997, he took control of Princess Diana, William, and Harry’s day-to-day menus.

In 1998 Darren decided to pursue a new challenge in the U.S.A and moved to Dallas, Texas with his wife Wendy and their three children. He is now the owner of ‘Eating Royally’ fine dining, an author, culinary consultant, event planner and public speaker living in Plano, Texas. His food has been featured on American Airlines in first and business class in-flight meals between Europe and the USA. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Larry King Live, the Fox News Channel, BBC, CBC, MSNBC, and Sky Television. He also appeared on Fox & Friends covering the Princess Diana Memorial, CNN covering the Royal Wedding, and cooked on the Today Show and CBS Early Show in New York. Darren became the first private chef invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York.

Since the Princess’s death, he has devoted much of his free time working for causes she supported, including shelters for battered women, charities for children with chronic illnesses and disabilities, and breast cancer charities. His cookbook ‘Eating Royally; recipes and remembrances from a palace kitchen’ is in sixth print with all of his advance and royalties donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation. Darren is currently working on a new book to be released in the fall 2017.

On Thursday, June 22nd 2017 the amical Foundation will offer a four course menu; featuring an appetizer, soup or salad, entrée, and dessert. The amical chefs will prepare the dishes, while Chef Darren visits tables, shares stories from his time with the Royal family, and answers questions.

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Due to the limited selections of this menu we may not be able to accommodate all dietary restrictions.

Call (231)941-8888 for reservations

Dinner: daily 5 pm-10 pm       Lunch: Mon-Sat 11am-4 pm     Sunday Brunch: 9am-3 pm

229 E. Front Street    Downtown Traverse City, MI  

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