Meghan Markle Once Judged Chopped Junior and the Footage Reveals Her Royal Palette

"She wasn’t intimidating or scary at all.”

Updated 05/03/18

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Before Meghan Markle was on deck to be a princess (t-minus 15 days until the royal wedding) she had another important gig: as an amateur food critic of amateurs. And we mean very amateur.

In 2016, Markle appeared as a guest judge on the Food Network's cooking competition show Chopped Junior, where she was tasked with tasting dishes and giving feedback to young chefs. "Growing up, your fondest memories, at least for me, are in the kitchen," Markle says in the clip.

As a judge, she showed her true colors as a future royal, offering constructive criticism in a tough but fair style. One contestant served her a chicken dish, but Markle felt the yogurt sauce she accompanied it with "didn't really fit" with everything else on the plate. Even so, she said, "I really enjoyed eating your food." And another contestant's dish reminded Markle of the food she grew up eating in California: "Farm to table, really fresh ingredients," Markle said.

The winning contestant had fond memories of her moments on-screen with Markle. "I just remember thinking, oh my God, she’s really pretty," she said in a recent interview. "She was just a really positive person, she wasn’t intimidating or scary at all." Clearly, she was "a princess for the people" even back then!

In addition to her history as a children's food critic, Markle has proved that she has some chops of her own in the kitchen. Prince Harry famously proposed to her after she cooked him an "engagement chicken" from scratch. "There is nothing as delicious (or as impressive) as a perfectly roasted chicken," Markle said in the past. "If you have an Ina Garten–level roasted-chicken recipe, it’s a game changer. I bring that to dinner parties and make a lot of friends."

Perhaps a Chopped Royal spinoff can be arranged?

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