When the future King George III (then Prince of Wales) turned 21 in 1759, he gave a banquet, and the shopping list survives: Macaroni, parmesan cheese, bottled mineral water, mangoes and a host of "modern" food that confounds today's impressions of 18th-century eating. Amazingly, the kitchen in which all this food was prepared survives at Kew Palace as the best-preserved example of its period anywhere in Great Britain.
The building was abandoned on the death of Queen Charlotte in 1818 and remained forgotten until 2004. Research in preparing for the building's grand reopening has revealed what the kings ate and just how the 18th century saw the birth of modern cooking and dining.
Presented by Lee Prosser, co-author of Kew Palace: The Official Illustrated History and curator of Historic Royal Palaces.