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Gordon Ramsay Once Cooked for Princess Diana—and He Says It Was His Best Meal Ever

Gordon Ramsay is no stranger to celebrity diners or over-the-top gourmet meals. But in his opinion, the best meal of his career was the one he cooked for Princess Diana.

The Michelin-star chef of Hell’s Kitchen fame shared the story on Gordon, Gino & Fred Go Greek, a British docuseries about Ramsay and two of his friends exploring Greece’s islands and cuisine. In the latest episode, Ramsay called the dinner he made for “Lady Di” the “best meal” he ever made. He went on to call her “just beautiful” and “one of the most gracious members of the royal family I’ve ever met,” according to The Independent.

The meal was prepared decades ago at the Chelsea, London restaurant Aubergine, which Ramsay opened in 1993. He made her pressed leek terrine to start (a traditional French loaf dish similar to pâté, but Ramsay’s could have been vegetarian and made with cheese instead of meat) and sea bass for the main course.

According to former royal chef Darren McGrady, who cooked for the royal family for 11 years and Diana for four, she loved spending time in the kitchen…despite not being a good cook. He revealed some of her favorite dishes on his YouTube account in a tribute video for her 60th birthday, which included stuffed peppers, tomato mousse, lobster thermidor, egg suzette, pear flan and bread and butter pudding.