September 26, 2016 6:27 pm

Royal Visit 2016: Cooking for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Global BC's Sophie Lui sits down with Chef David Hawksworth to find out what he plans on creating for the Duke of Duchess of Cambridge when they stop in Kelowna Tuesday.


It’s safe to say the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are eating well on their Royal tour of British Columbia and the Yukon, but Tuesday night may be their ultimate culinary experience.

READ MORE: Full coverage of the royal visit

Prince William and Kate will head to Kelowna and take part at a private event at Mission Hill Winery as part of the Taste of British Columbia festival.

Among the chefs creating edible masterpieces will be David Hawksworth, who is widely regarded as one of Canada’s premiere chefs. His flagship restaurant, Hawksworth at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, is often rated as Vancouver’s best.

Watch below: B.C. spot prawns on the menu for the royal couple in Kelowna

Hawksworth gave Global News a preview of the two dishes he’ll be preparing for the royals.

The first course on the menu is a dish made of yuzu compressed watermelon with fresh Dungeness crab, which Hawksworth says is the best crab in the world (only found on the west coast), paired with some black lime sorbet and finished with a bit of crispy rice and mint.


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The next course consists of heirloom tomatoes with some olive oil, salt and pepper and topped with a pecan vinaigrette, burrata cheese and a little bit of crispy granola and basil. Hawksworth describes the dish as having some nice summer flavours: a little sweet and a little sour with a little crunch.

The roster of chefs serving the royals

The chefs chosen for the event include the Okanagan’s Bernard Casavant, Tojo, Rob Feenie, Ned Bell and Vikram Vij. All of the chefs will provide dishes for the royals to taste that best represents their restaurants and cuisine.

Hawksworth said when it comes down to deciding what to cook for the prince and his wife, it’s about making dishes that represent the best of B.C.

“Dungeness crab, I’m very passionate about that — it’s some of the sweetest crab I’ve ever tried,” Hawksworth said.

“So I’d love for them to try our crab. And then it’s come to the end of the summer, so heirloom tomatoes, burrata… it’s a nice dish that rounds out the rest of the season.”

Hawksworth feels confident in his choices since the royal couple is well-travelled and it’s not the first time he’s cooked for royalty.

He’s cooked for Prince William’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. Hawksworth said he cooked for her a couple of times because she had a stable not too far from where he worked in the UK.

“So I’m a little bit accustomed for what they like,” Hawksworth said.

Along with participating in the private event in Kelowna, the royal couple will also meet with local young people, who are learning about potential careers in food and agriculture.

Watch below: Okanagan chefs to feature kids program during royal visit


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