Harry and Meghan in Melbourne: Royals visit Charcoal Lane

IT’S not every day you get to serve royalty, and Brooke Warr knows it.

The 20-year-old apprentice chef from Fitzroy’s Charcoal Lane didn’t take the opportunity to host the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for granted.

“It was the best experience I’ve ever had,” Ms Warr told news.com.au.

“Not many people can say they had the opportunity I had today.”

Ms Warr was among a privileged group of young chefs at the social enterprise restaurant on Gertrude Street lucky enough to mingle with Prince Harry and Meghan when they stopped by for a feed this afternoon.

The royal couple was down to earth, staff said, and loved the experience. But they didn’t eat everything on offer.

media_cameraMeghan smells traditional native Australian ingredients during a visit to Mission Australia social enterprise restaurant, Charcoal Lane. Picture: Phil Noble/AP

During a “touch, taste and smell” experience showcasing the restaurant’s indigenous cuisine, Meghan politely refused one dish.

“I was upstairs with Meghan and Harry giving them their ‘touch, taste and feel’ with finger limes and quandongs and saltbush,” Ms Warr told news.com.au.

“With the finger limes, they’re like little caviars. When you eat it in your mouth it pops and the flavour is beautiful.

“It was optional if they wanted to taste it. Harry did but Meghan didn’t. She was smelling it, but that’s understandable because she’s pregnant and being cautious.”

media_cameraHarry ate most things, but not the pepper leaf. Picture: Phil Noble/AP

Harry also turned his nose up at one item on the menu, according to Troy Crellin, program manager at the Mission Australia-supported restaurant.

“The food that was served up today was snippets of the type of food they would eat in the restaurant. They were very engaged in that,” Mr Crellin said.

“They ate in the restaurant and prior to that they did try some of our native ingredients. Harry tried some but he wasn’t game to try the pepper leaf, which is what we tend to give to the naughty kids anyway. It’s a little bit hot.”

He said Harry tried the finger lime and a native peach and Meghan told staff she had used one of the menu items, wattle seed, in her own cooking.

For lunch, the pair dined on an entree of mushroom and quinoa nest and chargrilled kangaroo and main courses of wild boar, saffron risotto and barramundi.

media_cameraBrooke Warr, 20, served royalty today at Charcoal Lane. Picture: Rohan Smith

“It’s brilliant to see that they wanted to come to this space from the other side of the world,” Mr Crellin said.

During their visit, the royals were told about how the restaurant supports young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people — and about the cultural connection to Fitzroy.

They learned about the mural by Gunnai and Waradgerie man Robert Young, too.

Hundreds of fans lined up along Gertrude Street for a chance to meet the royals — many for more than two hours — but their patience did not pay off.

Because the pair was running behind schedule, they were quickly bustled into waiting cars for the next stop on the tour — a meet and greet with primary school students in Albert Park.

The royal tour of Australia continues tomorrow back in Sydney with a visit to Bondi Beach and a climb atop the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge.

October 18, 2018. Harry and Meghan are greeted by a large crowd in Melbourne as they are welcomed at Government House. (AAP VIDEO/Alex Murray)

Harry and Meghan greeted by crowds in Melbourne at Government House

Originally published as Weird food Meghan wouldn’t eat

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