Royal Recipes

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A royal-themed food programme celebrating dishes served from the time of George IV to the reign of Elizabeth II.

BBC One
2 Seasons, 30 Episodes
January 23, 2017
Documentary & Biography Food
7.2/10
Cast: Michael Buerk, Paul Ainsworth, Anna Haugh
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Royal Recipes
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Royal Recipes Full Episode Guide

  • Chef Paul Ainsworth impresses Michael Buerk with a dish from the Queen's 80th birthday dinner. Former royal chef Carolyn Robb recalls a special children's tea party and Dr Matt Green sips a royal cocktail at London's Savoy Hotel.

  • Michael Buerk and chef Anna Haugh cook 16th-century biscuits, which originally celebrated the birth of a prince of the realm. Dr Matt Green visits Scotland to learn about happy holidays spent at the Queen Mother's childhood home, and former royal chef Des Sweeney recreates a dish inspired by a state visit to Iceland, which became a favourite of the young royals.

  • Michael Buerk and chef Paul Ainsworth recreate a dish served at one of the most lavish royal banquets of all time. Dr Polly Russell hears about a 16th-century royal lads' night out that bankrupted England, and chef Michael Caines recreates a sumptuous dish he cooked for the Queen at Royal Ascot.

  • Michael Buerk and chef Anna Haugh fire up the barbecue to cook a favourite dish of Princess Anne. Dr Annie Gray explores the history of ice cream, once the exclusive preserve of kings, and former royal chef Des Sweeney relives his time in the kitchens at Balmoral Castle.

  • Michael Buerk and chef Paul Ainsworth recreate a royal dish that was a staple of wartime palace meals. There is a visit to Britain's oldest brewery, which played an important role during a 17th-century conflict, and chef Rob Kennedy remembers an extraordinary event to commemorate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

  • Michael and chef Anna Haugh recreate a 16th-century savoury tart with which a Tudor king broke his Lenten fast. Dr Annie Gray visits the Isle of Wight to discover how much modern Christmas owes to Queen Victoria, and chef Dipna Anand cooks a Diwali sweet that impressed the heir to the throne.

  • Michael and chef Paul Ainsworth reimagine an unusual dish served at Prince Charles's 50th birthday party. Dr Matt Green visits Dyrham near Bath to learn the history of deer parks, and former royal chef Carolyn Robb recreates a favourite royal pudding using British autumn fruit.

  • Michael and chef Anna Haugh sample a luxurious dish originally created for Charles II. Wine expert Joe Fattorini meets the eighth generation of vintners to the royals. And revealing the extraordinary ingredients that went into one lavish dish at a royal banquet.

  • Michael and chef Paul Ainsworth recreate the pudding which was served to the Olympic Committee during Britain's successful bid. Dr Annie Gray is in Cowes to discover George V's passion for sailing, and former royal chef Carolyn Robb remembers the meal she served a prince recovering from a sporting injury.

  • Michael chef Anna Haugh recreate George V's favourite curry, and historian Dr Polly Russell discovers how Sir Francis Drake made a fortune for queen and country. The programme goes behind the scenes to learn the secrets of a famous condiment that has been a royal favourite since the 19th century.

  • Presenter Michael Buerk and chef Paul Ainsworth reimagine a dish served at a royal banquet to a grumpy Persian monarch in the early years of the 20th century. Dr Annie Gray climbs aboard the royal train to discover the luxury in which past monarchs travelled, and chef Rob Kennedy recreates a dish served to a prince and his parents at a Sandhurst dinner.

  • Presenter Michael Buerk and chef Anna Haugh knock up a fastidious queen's favourite pie. Historian Dr Polly Russell goes to Gloucester to trace the history of an ancient royal delicacy, and chef Cyrus Todiwala puts a royal twist on a classic British pudding.

  • Presenter Michael Buerk and chef Paul Ainsworth discover a favourite dish of a 14th-century king. Dr Matt Green discovers the rich culinary history of the Queen Mother's childhood home, and chef Galton Blackiston recalls a dish he created for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

  • Presenter Michael Buerk and chef Anna Haugh cook a dish from an Edwardian full English breakfast. Dr Polly Russell leafs through some precious manuscripts at the British Library to learn more about royal eating habits, and former royal chef Carolyn Robb cooks a loaf that's a favourite of Prince Charles's.

  • Presenter Michael Buerk and chef Paul Ainsworth rustle up an exotic pudding, which was a favourite of Henry VIII's. Cake maker to the royals Mich Turner recreates Prince Charles's sumptuous birthday cake, and food historian Dr Annie Gray discovers how the royal appetite for one exotic fruit spawned a grand architectural fashion.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chefs Paul Ainsworth and Anna Haugh to showcase food inspired by the Royal family's tours overseas and home lives.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Anna Haugh to showcase food inspired by royal consorts past and present.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Paul Ainsworth to look at food created for the Queen's favourite meal, afternoon tea.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Anna Haugh at one of Britain's grandest stately homes, to showcase the food served up to the Royal family when they enjoy a day at the races.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chefs Paul Ainsworth and Anna Haugh to showcase food inspired by the Commonwealth.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Anna Haugh at one of the country's finest stately homes. In the kitchen they are celebrating food served to the royal family when they are enjoying country pursuits.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Paul Ainsworth in the kitchen wing of one of Britain's grandest stately homes. Together they showcase food served at the grandest royal state banquets, as well as dishes served at more informal meetings between the Queen and visiting world leaders.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Anna Haugh in the historic kitchens of one of the UK's finest stately homes to cook food enjoyed at some of the royal family's favourite haunts - dishes they have enjoyed with family and friends, at picnics and in restaurants.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Paul Ainsworth in the kitchens of one of Britain's finest stately homes to celebrate food served to royal children.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by top London chef Anna Haugh to celebrate food created for royal jubilees.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Paul Ainsworth to celebrate royal food inspired by the days of India and Empire.

  • Michael is joined by chef Anna Haugh at one of Britain's finest stately homes to prepare food cooked for royal birthdays, starting with the 80th birthday celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Paul Ainsworth to celebrate al fresco dining, cooking food served at royal picnics and garden parties.

  • Michael Buerk is joined by chef Anna Haugh in the magnificent kitchen of one of Britain's grandest stately homes to celebrate food served at royal weddings.

  • Michael is joined by chef Paul Ainsworth in the historic kitchen of one of Britain's finest stately homes as they celebrate food created for the most significant royal event, the coronation.