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Gastronomy

VISITING KITCHENS OF THE ROYAL PALACE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC RECENTLY

Madrid / The kitchens in the Royal Palace of Madrid served monarchs to show the power of their kingdom at the table and these have been working from the reign of Carlos III to Juan Carlos and closed to the public, something that will change from tomorrow.

Groups of up to 20 people will be able to tour by the caretaker’s office, the kitchen of the ‘ramillete’, the bakery workshop, the preparation room, the stove, the winner cellar and the liquor store.

It is about 2,000 square meters designed by Juan Bautista Sachetti in French style in 1737 in which there are ‘jewels’ such as two great Parisian economic kitchens or a Prussian grill that was installed by order of Alfonso XII, a great fan of roast-beef.

Besides, numerous utensils -2,625 – such as daily dishes, copper moulds for confectionery, service trays, poisonnières for cooking fish, spits, saucepans of all sizes, huge mortars, refrigerators, chocolatiers, work tables and menus that tasted the royal families who inhabited the Palace or who offered their illustrious guests, some with more than 40 entrants.

Banquets

Banquets offered every January 23 by the day of kings Alfonso XII and Alfonso XIII were especially memorable. The monarch the latter who made the international relations of the Royal Family more fluent and entertained temporary guests such as the Hohenzollern, Salm-Salm or the Carisbrooke with typical dishes.

The preserved equipment, from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, is distributed in a set corresponding to the Elizabethan reorganization of 1840, at which time all the dependencies for gastronomy were grouped in the basement of the east palatine wing. Both the wedding of Isabel II, in 1846, as that of Alfonso XII in 1877 and that of Alfonso XII in 1906 marked the renovations of the Royal Kitchen.

The well remunerated position of Senior Chef was exercised mainly by French men, whose gastronomy was the most appreciated at the time, although there were also Spaniards, and, despite the fact that the “urban legend” attributes to Isabel II a passion for food – “perhaps because she was a little fat, “said José Luis Sando, historian of National Heritage,”Alfonso XII was who “understood the food more as a matter of state and made ostentation in the kitchen.”

“Although personally he was not very glutton, he had built dinning room for gala for 120 people and he had kitchen were adapted”, at a time of the boom in the writing about the culinary arts in which nobles and bourgeois showed on the table their economic status.

Isabel II

However, Isabel II was the one that most collected utensils did, although a good part of them travelled to Valencia when the republican government moved there in November of 1936, in the Spanish Civil War.

Because not only the nobles have resided at Palacio de Oriente and Manuel Azaña was precisely who dismissed the daily use of the Royal Kitchen, which was working until the reign of Juan Carlos I as “support” in the preparation of official banquets, including the one offered in the marriage of Mr. Felipe and Mrs. Letizia, has pointed out the curator Pilar Benito.

Historically, Madrid suppliers were obliged to treat Royal Kitchen preferentially, and although products came from the actual sites, the Vienna Capellanes bakery and pastry shop, the Las Colonias confectionery shop, the Lechuga butchery or the Corunna Fisheries were awarded the title “Suppliers of the Royal House”.

The Royal Kitchen was working until 2012, when National Patrimony decided to open it partially to the public – it will not be visited for the moment the old cellar – to show “the most important example preserved among the historic kitchens of European royal residences” , highlighted the president of the institution, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán. (October 27, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que...
A
cualquier persona podrá hacer una visita a las cocinas del Palacio Real.
B
no todo el mundo podrá hacer una visita a las cocinas del Palacio Real.
C
es posible que la gente pueda realizar una visita a la cocinas del Palacio Real.
Question 2
¿Dónde se encuentra el Palacio Real?
A
En Valencia.
B
En una ciudad próxima a Madrid.
C
En la capital de España.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que...
A
la cocina estuvo totalmente desvinculada del poder.
B
la cocina jamás fue utilizada para mostrar a los demás la condición social de una persona.
C
se utilizó la cocina como una forma de exhibir el poder y la condición social de una persona.
Question 4
Durante la visita se podrán ver miles de utensilios de diferentes siglos.
A
Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
Question 5
Según el texto...
A
muchas personas tienen un sueldo parecido al del Cocinero Mayor.
B
no se ganaba mucho dinero trabajando como Cocinero Mayor.
C
el trabajo de Cocinero Mayor estaba muy bien pagado.
Question 6
Solo los cocineros franceses podían trabajar como Cocinero Mayor.
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 7
Las cocinas del Palacio Real dejaron de utilizarse desde hace siglos.
A
No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
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