Anton Mosimann gave us a taste of one of King Charles III’s favorite dishes

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InterviewAnton Mosimann gave us a taste of one of King Charles III’s favorite dishes

The Swiss who cooked for Elizabeth II and her son welcomed lematin.ch to his London establishment. The opportunity to come back to several anecdotes about the royal family.

Anton Mosimann at his Mosimann’s restaurant in central London.

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It is in his restaurant in the heart of London that Anton Mosimann, 75, gives us an appointment on Saturday September 17. The four-story building looks like a chapel from the outside and a museum from the inside. On the walls, there are many black and white photos of the chef in the company of celebrities: Pope Francis I, Naomi Campbell, Bill Clinton, Nicolas Sarkozy and Kofi Annan. The Swiss, who lives between the British capital and the canton of Vaud, also has some Montreux Jazz Festival posters that go perfectly with the chic atmosphere of the establishment.

He receives us at the bar, on the first floor. Black bow tie, impeccable suit and a small smile behind his white mustache, he starts the conversation by talking about his childhood, a glass of water in his hand. “I like to say that I was practically born on the kitchen floor.” His parents being restaurateurs, Anton Mosimann always wanted to follow the same path. At 25, he is one of the youngest chefs to obtain the Chef de Cuisine diploma. Since then, prices and reservations have been raining down. When asked if there’s an event he loved cooking for, he unsurprisingly replies, “There are so many, I can’t choose.” He thinks in particular of the times he cooked for Margaret Thatcher and specifies that he made menus for seven different prime ministers in Great Britain.

But his greatest pride remains to have been able to work for the royal family. The interview naturally continues on Queen Elizabeth II. Anton Mosimann confides in his best memories with the Sovereign with a touch of sadness and a lot of nostalgia.

How are you feeling these days?

I am very sad and shocked by the news. She was an exceptional lady who did so much for Britain, but also for the whole world. He was a respectable person who respected everyone. I have known her for over forty years now and have cooked countless meals for her.

Do you remember the first meal?

It was in 1967 in Montreal, she had come by boat for the Universal Exhibition. She had been invited by then-Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau…

And then she hired you directly?

No. (Laughs.) The Queen Mother often came at lunchtime to the Dorchester, London (note: he was master chef there for 13 years). She loved my cooking, because it was a mix between Japanese, Italian and it was always very simple, light and creative food. After each meal, when she returned home, she would ask her chef to contact me to give her the recipes. Queen Elizabeth II has also decided to come, in particular with heads of state. We talked more and more, little by little. Also, I used to cook at home for a famous family for four years. The Sovereign came every year in October as a guest of honor with Prince Philip. I spent the weekend preparing menus for them. This allowed us to get to know each other even better.

“The Queen was an incredible woman. She was very knowledgeable on all subjects and had no problem having a conversation with anyone.

Anton Mosimann, Chef

You who have rubbed shoulders with her several times, how would you describe her?

She was an incredible woman. She was very knowledgeable on all topics and had no problem having a conversation with anyone. She was also very understanding. I had the chance to be decorated Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen in 2004. It was a unique moment. I was this little Swiss who receives this great distinction. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Not to mention that she had a very good sense of humor… She rarely showed it in public, but always in private.

What moment did you particularly appreciate in his company?

After a dinner hosted by the family mentioned before, we all watched a movie with Jack Nicholson. We were only eight people in the living room. I was in the back with my deputy. The queen couldn’t stop laughing and commenting on the film, it was nice to see her like that.

Did the queen have a favorite dish?

She liked lamb and salmon. She enjoyed eating, but always small portions. On the other hand, she refused to have garlic in her dishes during public events. In private, there was no problem.

And Charles III, does he enjoy the same kind of cuisine?

He likes simple and organic things. You don’t need a lot of different tastes on the plate. For example, one of his favorite dishes is my mushroom risotto. It’s the best! (He bursts out laughing.) Lady Diana was also particularly fond of him. She’s been here several times with William and Harry.

The famous risotto by Anton Mosimann, we still dream of it.  Creamy, it melts in your mouth and you can feel the little splash of champagne.

The famous risotto by Anton Mosimann, we still dream of it. Creamy, it melts in your mouth and you can feel the little splash of champagne.

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What is your opinion on the new king?

He is incredible. He works very hard. People don’t see how much he gives his all every day. He collaborates with many charities. He also loves his farm very much where he spent a lot of time. Everything must be organic for him. I cook for him about four times a month and he is always very nice. He sends me a thank you letter after each reception.

Will you be attending the funeral on Monday?

I do not know yet. Everything is very strict and places are limited. There are many heads of state and kings and queens… If I have the opportunity to go, I will.

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