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Michelin-starred East Lancs chef sworn to secrecy over royal lunch menu

Lancashire Telegraph: Celebrity chef Nigel Haworth will be cooking by royal appointment Celebrity chef Nigel Haworth will be cooking by royal appointment

“I AM sworn to secrecy on the contents of the menu,” said Nigel Haworth when asked what the Queen will eat in Blackburn later this week.

Michelin-starred Mr Haworth, chef patron at Northcote Manor and MD of Ribble Valley Inns, will be overseeing lunch for the Queen and Prince Philip at Blackburn Rovers during Thursday’s royal visit.

Earlier in the day, the Queen will hand out Maundy Money to 88 men and 88 women at Blackburn Cathedral before a reception and lunch at Ewood Park.

The Great British Menu champion has already met the royal couple and said he was looking forward to doing so again.

He said: “I am really looking forward to it and I do not feel nervous at all.

“It is a great honour for all the team and everyone is up for it.

“I am fortunate to have met them both before.”

The Queen will arrive in Blackburn by train at 10.45am and will proceed to the cathedral via car to carry out the ancient tradition. Following the service, in keeping with Royal Maundy tradition, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will spend time with religious and civic dignitaries during the reception at Ewood Park.

Mr Haworth said plann-ing for the event had gone on for months.

He said: “I have known for about eight or nine months now and the big thing has been keeping it a secret. My whole team is working on it and we are also working with the team at the football club and there is a further meeting today to get everything sorted.

“I will be pulling in my full team and I will be in the kitchen, as well as meeting and greeting.”

Although more than capable, Mr Haworth will not be physically preparing the meal for the Royal party on the day.

Blackburn Rovers FC chef David Lyon will be doing the cooking.

He said: “I have to do the reception and make sure the food and service are right. There will be about a dozen people in the kitchen and we have all been security checked.

“We are doing a lot of work, but I do not want to take any of David’s credit or the rest of his team.

“It is as much the team at Blackburn Rovers which is doing the work as us.”

Mr Haworth, a lifelong supporter of Blackburn Rovers, said everyone inv-olved was honoured.

He said: “We are very privileged to be able to take part in this special occasion.

“I am just hoping we can cook her a fabulous lunch and everyone goes away with a really good feeling.

“It is nice to bring them to Ewood and we want to give them a really good flavour of Lancashire.”

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10:16am Mon 14 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Why all the secrecy?
It's Vesta Prawn Paella for them that can eat shellfish, and Vesta Beef Curry for them that can't. Don't worry as a special consideration for the Queens love of horses, it's in the Beef Curry! Sheesh, why there has to be this fuss every time, I don't know.

Anyone going to make a fuss, about the Royal train being painted in Claret colour?
Why all the secrecy? It's Vesta Prawn Paella for them that can eat shellfish, and Vesta Beef Curry for them that can't. Don't worry as a special consideration for the Queens love of horses, it's in the Beef Curry! Sheesh, why there has to be this fuss every time, I don't know. Anyone going to make a fuss, about the Royal train being painted in Claret colour? woolywords
  • Score: -1

10:21am Mon 14 Apr 14

juanbbien says...

Like we are bothered,let them eat cake
Like we are bothered,let them eat cake juanbbien
  • Score: 13

11:08am Mon 14 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Got to be a packet of crisps starter, Pot Noodle main and Walls Viennetta for pudding.

Sorted
Got to be a packet of crisps starter, Pot Noodle main and Walls Viennetta for pudding. Sorted Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 7

11:19am Mon 14 Apr 14

hugofakenham says...

woolywords wrote:
Why all the secrecy?
It's Vesta Prawn Paella for them that can eat shellfish, and Vesta Beef Curry for them that can't. Don't worry as a special consideration for the Queens love of horses, it's in the Beef Curry! Sheesh, why there has to be this fuss every time, I don't know.

Anyone going to make a fuss, about the Royal train being painted in Claret colour?
Ewood : It'll be seconds grade chicken then !
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Why all the secrecy? It's Vesta Prawn Paella for them that can eat shellfish, and Vesta Beef Curry for them that can't. Don't worry as a special consideration for the Queens love of horses, it's in the Beef Curry! Sheesh, why there has to be this fuss every time, I don't know. Anyone going to make a fuss, about the Royal train being painted in Claret colour?[/p][/quote]Ewood : It'll be seconds grade chicken then ! hugofakenham
  • Score: -9

11:23am Mon 14 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Got to be a packet of crisps starter, Pot Noodle main and Walls Viennetta for pudding.

Sorted
Prawn Cocktail flavour crisps?
Am sure I've been to a party like that..
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Got to be a packet of crisps starter, Pot Noodle main and Walls Viennetta for pudding. Sorted[/p][/quote]Prawn Cocktail flavour crisps? Am sure I've been to a party like that.. woolywords
  • Score: 4

11:29am Mon 14 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

Yum-venkys chicken.
She'll not come back after that.
Yum-venkys chicken. She'll not come back after that. vicn1956
  • Score: 11

11:36am Mon 14 Apr 14

Cimbri says...

You are all wrong and you missed the clue, in the location of the lunch.
It's at Ewood, which means all the food is going to come from Iceland, which is just around the corner!
You are all wrong and you missed the clue, in the location of the lunch. It's at Ewood, which means all the food is going to come from Iceland, which is just around the corner! Cimbri
  • Score: 9

11:41am Mon 14 Apr 14

A Darener says...

Thwaites Pint of bitter
Prawn cocktail
Tripe and onions, bread and butter.
Spotted dick and custard
Lancashire cheese, cream crackers
Mug of tea.
Thwaites Pint of bitter Prawn cocktail Tripe and onions, bread and butter. Spotted dick and custard Lancashire cheese, cream crackers Mug of tea. A Darener
  • Score: 9

1:02pm Mon 14 Apr 14

woolywords says...

Tut, tut, tut...some people have not been reading their books, again.
You can't serve shrimps, as these are forbidden, in certain religious sects.
King James, Old Testament Bible, calls them an abomination.
Jewish, Kashrut law, forbids them.
Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali schools allow the eating of shrimp but Sunni and Shia schools, don't permit it.
Best, to leave them off the menu.
Tut, tut, tut...some people have not been reading their books, again. You can't serve shrimps, as these are forbidden, in certain religious sects. King James, Old Testament Bible, calls them an abomination. Jewish, Kashrut law, forbids them. Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali schools allow the eating of shrimp but Sunni and Shia schools, don't permit it. Best, to leave them off the menu. woolywords
  • Score: -9

1:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

chips and mushy peas ,,, anyone
chips and mushy peas ,,, anyone :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: -8

1:21pm Mon 14 Apr 14

Bluelizzy says...

Veg pakora, lamb madras, several pints of Stella. Local food from local producers.
Veg pakora, lamb madras, several pints of Stella. Local food from local producers. Bluelizzy
  • Score: 3

4:29pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

It'll certainly be chicken and a side order of bullsh*t
It'll certainly be chicken and a side order of bullsh*t ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 8

4:32pm Mon 14 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

vicn1956 wrote:
Yum-venkys chicken.
She'll not come back after that.
She'll probably not get back home !!
[quote][p][bold]vicn1956[/bold] wrote: Yum-venkys chicken. She'll not come back after that.[/p][/quote]She'll probably not get back home !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: 8

4:33pm Mon 14 Apr 14

thoroughbred says...

Venky's chicken & chips,
what a load of bullsh*t...who cares what she's eating, as long as she enjoys it.
Venky's chicken & chips, what a load of bullsh*t...who cares what she's eating, as long as she enjoys it. thoroughbred
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Mon 14 Apr 14

cathedral citi says...

woolywords wrote:
Tut, tut, tut...some people have not been reading their books, again.
You can't serve shrimps, as these are forbidden, in certain religious sects.
King James, Old Testament Bible, calls them an abomination.
Jewish, Kashrut law, forbids them.
Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali schools allow the eating of shrimp but Sunni and Shia schools, don't permit it.
Best, to leave them off the menu.
hey, woolywords....great to see an individual who understands the different schools of thought of the Islamic faith, and their adhering to their perspective religious rulings..........jus
t a slight correction, though......hanbali, shafi and maliki, together with the majority 'Hanafi' sub sect, are ALL of the 'Sunni' community........

Again, I applaud you on your educated understanding.

Finally, after HM departs Blackburn, I'm sure we will be informed by the telegraph, as to what was served to Her Majesty, and co. I'm guessing that some of the menu will have a Lancashire 'theme'.

Our sovereign lady has a 'soft spot' for Lancashire, so forest of bowland lamb will be on the menu...
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Tut, tut, tut...some people have not been reading their books, again. You can't serve shrimps, as these are forbidden, in certain religious sects. King James, Old Testament Bible, calls them an abomination. Jewish, Kashrut law, forbids them. Shafi'i, Maliki and Hanbali schools allow the eating of shrimp but Sunni and Shia schools, don't permit it. Best, to leave them off the menu.[/p][/quote]hey, woolywords....great to see an individual who understands the different schools of thought of the Islamic faith, and their adhering to their perspective religious rulings..........jus t a slight correction, though......hanbali, shafi and maliki, together with the majority 'Hanafi' sub sect, are ALL of the 'Sunni' community........ Again, I applaud you on your educated understanding. Finally, after HM departs Blackburn, I'm sure we will be informed by the telegraph, as to what was served to Her Majesty, and co. I'm guessing that some of the menu will have a Lancashire 'theme'. Our sovereign lady has a 'soft spot' for Lancashire, so forest of bowland lamb will be on the menu... cathedral citi
  • Score: 3

7:32pm Mon 14 Apr 14

burner says...

Never mind, "what ? " . . . . . I'm far more concerned about, " How much will it be costing us all ? " .
Never mind, "what ? " . . . . . I'm far more concerned about, " How much will it be costing us all ? " . burner
  • Score: 2

10:59pm Mon 14 Apr 14

mark anthony says...

Yawn. If we are bothered NOT
Yawn. If we are bothered NOT mark anthony
  • Score: 4

1:41am Tue 15 Apr 14

english rose 1 says...

I can safely predict that the Venky's won't be leaving the ground threequarters of the way into the meal ... !
I can safely predict that the Venky's won't be leaving the ground threequarters of the way into the meal ... ! english rose 1
  • Score: 5

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