As part of the ongoing reception the British government arranged for Donald Trump’s visit, Queen Elizabeth hosted a luncheon today in Trump’s honor that became quite embarrassing when the main course could not be served.
Reports say that the traditional British meal that was prepared for the luncheon, an over-sized Beef Wellington, somehow went missing before being served and could not be found. The Royal Chef who personally made the entree expressed complete bewilderment and regret about the incident.
“I was simply mystified. One moment it was there, the next moment it was just gone,” said Mark Flanagan, Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Chef. “It wasn’t even cooked yet. I’ve replayed it all in my mind many times now and I still can’t account for it,” Flanagan expressed regretfully.
“I remember completing wrapping it in puff pastry, setting it on the baking sheet then being alerted that Mr. Trump was being escorted on a tour of the kitchen. I greeted him then took Mrs. Trump over to an array of pans we have hanging near the oven so she could stare at her reflection in them for several minutes. Then Mr. Trump announced, following a quite remarkable burp, that he was ready to go. Mrs. Trump and I returned to him, they left and when I turned to the baking sheet, the Beef Wellington was no longer there,” Flanagan recounted.
Flanagan went on to describe the intense search that he and the kitchen staff engaged in to find the missing main course but it was to no avail.
“I felt horrible, nothing like this has ever happened before and there is no one to blame but me. I finally had to put aside the disappearance of the Wellington and prepare a substitute as swiftly as possible,” Flanagan noted. “I prepared a sautéd turbot in its place but unfortunately, I don’t know that Mr. Trump enjoys fish, he didn’t eat it or really, any of the rest of the meal that we served.”
What was more upsetting to Flanagan than the disappearance of the Beef Wellington was feeling he had let The Queen down.
“Her Majesty trusted in me to serve a thick, over-sized side of beef in a flaky fragile shell and in the end, I wasn’t able to serve Mr. Trump,” Flanagan said.