SOURCE: Southlake Travel

April 16, 2008 13:19 ET

The Royal Chef, Darren McGrady, to Host Culinary Tour of London; Featuring Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Afternoon Tea at the Ritz, and the Princess Diana Dress Collection, From July 31 to August 4, 2008

DALLAS, TX--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - For 15 years, Darren McGrady served H.M. Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, as personal chef in the Royal Kitchens at Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, respectively. He cooked for four U.S. Presidents, and over a hundred kings, queens and heads of state. Now, he heads home to London and is inviting a select group of travelers to join him for a glimpse of the "royal life" as few have ever seen.

"This is going to be a fabulous trip for foodies and those with a sense of history as well as curiosity about life as a royal," said Darren McGrady, the Royal Chef. "What's more, I'll guide travelers behind the scenes, while sharing fun stories of Princess Diana, William and Harry."

The trip will include exclusive tours of the State Apartments of Kensington Palace, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, lunch at Harrods and a tour of the food hall, Afternoon Tea at the Ritz Carlton, a guided tour and sampling at Borough Market, a dinner cruise on the Thames, a cooking demonstration of "royal favorites" by Darren at Books for Cooks, and a surprise "royal dinner party" followed by a West End show.

As author of the acclaimed cookbook "Eating Royally," Darren has cooked on "The Today Show" on NBC and "The Early Show" on CBS and other television shows across the U.S. and Canada. He has appeared on CNN Headline News, "Larry King Live," Fox News, "Fox & Friends," QVC, and BBC. Then last September, he was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York.

To meet Darren, and hear about this Royal Tour, go to or visit Or call Karen Dawson, Tour Director, Southlake Travel, (817) 657-9866 for details on this once-in-a-lifetime excursion.

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