What do you cook for a prince?
Manhattan-based chef April Bloomfield was faced with that task on Tuesday when Prince Harry, who is in the middle of a week-long visit to the United States, attended the Innovation Is Great event at MILK Studios in NYC’s Meatpacking District. And she opted to make the royal heartthrob feel right at home.
“The event was to celebrate innovation in British technology, so I decided to do a British-style menu,” said Bloomfield whose restaurants include The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room and The John Dory Oyster Bar. “For example, [I served] pea pudding, because peas are as English as the Queen.”
A Brit herself, Bloomfield crafted a culturally creative menu of hors d’oeuvre to reflect her native country and her restaurants’ signature dishes. Prince Harry, who attended the event (which supported The GREAT campaign, promoting U.K. tourism, education, business and the strength of U.S. and U.K. relations) with British Prime Minister David Cameron dined on beef and stilton pie; cheddar and piccalilli tea sandwiches; Scotch quail eggs; and sipped on The Spotted Pig’s famous Pimm’s cup.
So how does it feel to cook for a prince?
“It was an honor to meet and cook for Prince Harry and the prime minister,” said Bloomfield. “Growing up in Birmingham, I never dreamed I’d be in New York cooking my food for royalty.”
Check out the full menu below:
Haddock Fritters with Parsley Mayonnaise
Fried Cauliflower with Curry Mayonnaise
Beef and Stilton Pie
Cheddar and Piccalilly Tea Sandwiches
Chicken Liver Parfait on Brioche Toast
Scotch Quail Eggs
The Spotted Pig’s Pimm’s Cup