Private Chefs Reveal The Wacky Rules Their A-List Clients Force Them To Follow

Campbell went on to tell Boston.com that star quarterback Brady doesn’t go anywhere near the plant family known as nightshades. He explained. “So, no tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms or eggplants. Tomatoes trickle in every now and then, but just maybe once a month. I’m very cautious about tomatoes – they cause inflammation.”

13. Don’t expect any time to prepare

Meeting the food requirements of a chart-topping superstar is hard enough when you have weeks to prepare. Spare a thought, then, for Rihanna’s personal chef who’s given barely any notice. In 2017 Debbie Solomon told website Bon Appetit, “[With previous clients] I would send in a menu on a Sunday or Monday and they would pick for the week, and then I’d be able to shop and prep, but this is nothing like that.”

Yet there is one mealtime that Solomon doesn’t ever have to worry about. Rihanna has the same breakfast of boiled eggs, berries and crustless toast every day. The Barbadian also likes to have the same condiment with her dinner, too. Yes, it turns out that the Grammy winner is a keen fan of her homeland’s Scotch Bonnet pepper sauce.

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12. Don’t expect your client to eat everything

According to her former private chef, Paris Hilton doesn’t appear to have the healthiest relationship with food. In 2007 Bethenny Frankel revealed to PR.com how she used to serve up meals to the socialite but that they weren’t always appreciated to the fullest. The chef claimed that Hilton was very much a “taste everything, eat nothing” kind of diner.

Frankel added, “It’s ironic that Paris Hilton could be discussed in a healthy conversation… She has a little bit of a cheeseburger [and] half the French fries. That’s something a lot of Europeans do.” But the chef also freely admitted that this is a method she has now adopted herself, too.

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11. Don’t serve garlic

Turns out that the Queen has something in common with vampires: they both have an aversion to garlic! In 2020 royal chef Darren McGrady revealed on his own YouTube channel that the distinctive aromatic was never a feature of Her Majesty’s menu. He told viewers, “…We could never use it at Buckingham Palace.”

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McGrady – who cooked for the longest-reigning monarch in British history back in the ’90s – also disclosed one of the foods that he was encouraged to serve. Apparently, the Queen enjoys tucking into the delicacy of potted shrimps sourced from North West England’s Morecambe Bay. She’ll even have them on toast!

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10. Serve up food individually

In the unlikely event you find yourself at dinner with Jennifer Lopez, make sure you stick to what you order. The “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” singer is not a fan of sharing plates, her personal chef claimed. Kelvin Fernandez told Us Weekly that J-Lo is extremely disciplined when it comes to mealtimes.

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Fernandez recalled one occasion when he made Lopez a pre-Super Bowl performance dinner fit for an entire family. It’s fair to say that it didn’t go down well. He said, “The next day she’s like, ‘[Fernandez], you served me rice.’ And I’m like, ‘No, no, no, no, no, there was chicken, there was salad. You grabbed the rice!’” The chef has since ensured that he only cooks J-Lo and her boyfriend Alex Rodriguez individual dishes.

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9. Make just one meal a day

If you’ve ever pondered how Naomi Campbell continues to maintain her figure, then wonder no more. Just ask private chef Sean John, who has cooked for the supermodel for more than a decade. He once claimed to the website Page Six that he only has to prepare one square meal for her every 24 hours. And Campbell insists that it’s free of any gluten, chicken or dairy.

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John explained, “[Campbell] has her own stuff at home, but I prepare one really good meal a day, and it’s super clean and really healthy.” She also has another requirement: the food can’t be bland. The chef added, “You can’t just put salt and pepper in it. I don’t do that anyway, but she knows! There’s got to be some spice and herbs. She’s all about making it soulful and flavorful.”

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8. Be on call 24/7

It’s little surprise to learn that one of pop music’s true eccentrics was unpredictable when it came to dining. In 2016 Margaret Wetzler told Food & Wine magazine that Prince expected his personal chefs to be at his beck and call on a 24/7 basis. Plus, they allegedly weren’t allowed to communicate with the star until he spoke to them first.

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Prince may sound like every chef’s worst nightmare. But Wetzler claims that the Purple One was always the perfect gentleman. She does admit, though, that his impromptu demands meant that she occasionally had to bend the rules. On one occasion, the musician allegedly insisted on a birthday cake at the ungodly hour of 11:00 p.m. Instead of baking one from scratch, Wetzler simply served up one bought from a shop!

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7. Ensure there’s always snacks before meals

Bethenny Frankel had to work that little bit harder when feeding the star of FX’s firefighting drama Rescue Me. The personal chef explained to Health.com, “Denis [Leary] is always starving, so I have to make a preamble to every meal. I’ll bring some olive dip on whole-grain bread for him to shove in his mouth when I get there. Otherwise, he’ll be leaning over me at the stove [and] asking what I’m making.”

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Frankel was able to change at least one aspect of Leary’s food regime, though. She added, “When I first met [Leary], his assistant told me, ‘He likes to eat chicken Parmesan, and he’s really not into vegetables.’ But I wasn’t about to take a job cooking chicken Parmesan every day, so I changed his diet.” This tactic soon worked and baked fish, lamb chops and even grilled vegetables are now apparently regulars on Leary’s meal table.

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6. Be super precise about what you serve

We’ve all heard of counting calories, but Kate Beckinsale appears to have taken things to the extreme. According to celebrity chef Kathleen Schaffer, the Pearl Harbor star is super restrictive when it comes to meal times. In a 2017 chat with website Insider, the personal chef claimed, “She had us counting blueberries and measuring salmon.”

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But Schaffer – who runs a Los Angeles-based catering firm with her husband – acknowledges that there are certain benefits to being so strict. She added, “…You look at some of these people in person and you understand counting blueberries if you look like Kate Beckinsale.” Schaffer also said that the actress is far from the only famous client who’s had such demands.

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5. Be prepared to see your efforts go to waste

Sometimes a chef can slave away in the kitchen for hours, only to see all their efforts end up in the trash. In 2017 Kathleen Schaffer recalled to Insider about the time she adhered to David Beckham’s strict dietary guidelines. But after getting a spot of food envy, the former England international decided to break from his usual “lean and clean diet.”

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Schaffer explained, “For example, one time David Beckham had his meal of vegetables and grilled steak prepared for him. But when he saw the crew’s buffet spread, he chose to dig into that instead because he was enjoying it so much.” But apparently the ex-footballer’s wife Victoria is far more disciplined when it comes to mealtimes.

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4. Don’t always expect conversation

It seems unlikely that Wolfgang Puck will get any more work from the Beckhams following his candid interview with Heat magazine in 2016. The Los Angeles-based chef described Victoria as “uptight” while discussing the culinary habits of the pair he’d previously cooked for. He added, “Everything has to be right, she’s not interested in talking to anyone.”

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Puck seemed dismissive of Victoria’s choice of foods, too – particularly her favorite of lightly salted spinach. He remarked, “David’s there with a steak and she’s there with vegetables.” The chef was a little kinder about the man of the house, though. She described the former footballer as someone he could “talk to and talk to.”

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3. Prepare the same meal every day

Priyanka Chopra’s personal chef is so used to preparing the same meal for her celebrity client that she’s even named it after the Quantico star. That’s right, as she revealed on the YouTube channel named Tasty, the “Priyanka Salad” is the dish that Sam Udell is tasked with making every single lunchtime. So, what exactly does it consist of?

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Well, it’s not exactly the most elaborate of salads. If you want to recreate it at home, apparently all you need is some chicken, fruit, fennel, carrot, nuts and the in-vogue vegetable that is kale. Udell also cooks for Priyanka’s husband Nick Jonas and his famous brothers Kevin and Joe as well as the latter’s wife: Sophie Turner.

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2. Weigh everything to the exact gram

There’s no room for improvisation when it comes to the diet of Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović. The Milan striker allegedly insists that every ingredient of his meals are weighed to a specific gram! According to magazine GQ Italia, Ibrahimović is so particular because he needs to stay between his target body weight of 92-94 kilograms.

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Just don’t expect to see any type of pasta being weighed in Ibrahimović’s kitchen. The famously confident sportsman prefers to get his carbohydrate intake from cereals instead of Italy’s finest. Ice cream and any foods that have been frozen are apparently also major no-nos for any chef preparing his pre-match meals.

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1. Check the acidity levels

Who would have expected the heartland rocker renowned for his tales of blue-collar life in New Jersey to be so demanding about his food? Yes, according to reports, Bruce Springsteen has a very strict requirement when it comes to his mealtimes. Chefs must allegedly measure the acidity levels of the dishes before putting them on the table.

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Of course, there is some method to this madness. By sticking to the foods that only pass the suitable acidity test, The Boss can make sure his famous raspy voice is as healthy and as strong as possible. It’s a tactic which seems to be working, too. The “Dancing in the Dark” singer is still selling out massive venues in his 70s.

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