Former First Lady, Michelle Obama, has said that food at the White House is ‘without a doubt’ better than that served at Buckingham Palace.
Mrs Obama gave her opinion speaking at Klick Health’s MUSE New York event on Tuesday, where she spoke about her eight years living in Washington, D.C.
Mrs Obama at an event in October 2017
When asked whether the dishes at the White House were better, or if they were topped by those served up at The Queen’s central London home of Buckingham Palace, Obama didn’t hesitate.
“Oh, the White House, without a doubt,” she said. “I don’t want to insult anybody but American food is just better.”
The Queen is known for her preference of simple foods, which might explain this, although menus for State Banquets always look impressive, with locally sources meats and vegetables, a fish course, and wines a plenty!
At the Spanish State Banquet of , guests were served a poached fillet of salmon trout with fennel in a white wine velouté sauce, followed by a medallion of Scottish beef with truffles in Madeira sauce, fondant potatoes, yellow and green courgettes, runner beans with sautéed radishes and a celeriac salad; for dessert came a dark chocolate and raspberry tart. The Obamas were reportedly served sole in seafood sauce, then Windsor spring lamb, sautéed courgettes, green beans, baked apple and salad, ending with a vanilla Charlotte.
She did however praise the dinner table: “When we were served at the state dinner – you know how we have chargers and they’re gold, so you sit down, and everything is gold. The plate that I thought was the charger, that was the plate. They put food on the gold charger because that was their plate.
“I said, ‘You win. You win on the plates. You got us beat.’ Their rose garden? Much bigger,” Obama said.
The Obamas made a State Visit to the UK in 2011, and in 2009, at a G20 gathering at the palace, Michelle was photographed putting her arm on The Queen’s back, which many decried as a breach of royal protocol, but we think Her Majesty was fine with the caring and friendly gesture. She even put her arm on Mrs Obama’s back in return! See a photo here.
In fact, Michelle said of The Queen and Prince Philip: “They want to be hugged. They want to be touched. They gossip.”
Barack and his wife also recently visited the Monarch and Prince Consort at Windsor, shortly before their second term ended and as a celebration of The Queen’s birthday. The Duke of Edinburgh – then 95 – drove them from the helicopter back up to the castle, where they enjoyed lunch.
The American couple also had a private meeting with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry at Kensington Palace, when Prince George was introduced to the then-President.