Buckingham Palace seeks sous chef who will help ‘prepare vegan meals for King Charles’, say reports

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  24th March 2023

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King Charles eats only vegan food one day a week for environmental reasons, according to reports which say he also goes meat and fish-free two days a week


Buckingham Palace is advertising for a new sous chef, who will help prepare vegan meals for King Charles, according to reports.

The monarch revealed in a 2021 interview that he goes meat and fish-free two days a week for environmental reasons, and ditches dairy for one day.

Speaking to the BBC, His Majesty said: “The business of what we eat is, of course, important. For years I haven’t eaten meat and fish on two days a week.

“And I don’t eat dairy products on one day a week. If more did that, you reduce a lot of the pressure on the environment.”

It has been reported that the king eats no lunch, enjoying a light breakfast of fruit and seeds.

New sous chef

Now the palace is seeking a sous chef who will be part of a team whipping up meals for the monarch as well as for guests and state events.

The advert reads: “This job is truly like no other. As Premier Sous Chef you’ll help to lead a team of talented professionals in the Royal Kitchens.

“Supporting the Head Chef, you’ll oversee day-to-day operations, and whether its staff lunches or a grand State Banquet, you’ll ensure every meal is delivered to the highest of standards.”

It adds that the successful candidate will ‘develop and prepare diverse menus and source the very best Seasonal ingredients, as well as helping to manage stock levels and co-ordinate staff rotas’.

“You’ll also work strategically with the Head Chef and Royal Chef to drive change forward, reviving traditional dishes and encouraging new menus ideas,” says the advert.



King Charles

Although the King isn’t vegan, he has spoken out on animal welfare issues in the past, including factory farming. He is also a critic of the use of antibiotics in the beef industry.

Known as a passionate environmentalist, in a 2011, he attended a conference in the US, stating: “For every pound of beef produced in the industrial system, it takes two thousand gallons of water. That is a lot of water and there is plenty of evidence that the Earth cannot keep up with the demand.”

As far back as 2019, it was reported that he enjoys meat-free days, with an unnamed source telling the Daily Mail: “Naturally, his diet revolves around organic food and he has regular meat-free days. He also likes to fast from time to time, which helps to moderate his weight.”

However, he has been criticised by animal advocates in the past over his reported enjoyment of fox hunting.

You don’t need a team of chefs to whip up tasty meat-free dinners. Get inspired by these 30 cheap vegan meals that taste expensive

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Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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