London - Chefs at HM's royal kitchens have been left with egg on their faces following complaints they'd fed horseflesh to State Banquet dignitaries.
Rollo Foie-Gras and Guido Mascarpone are in for a roasting at a Shrove Tuesday disciplinary hearing where they'll explain why roast fetlock of Shetland pony ended up being served to the Emir of Kuwait.
Billed as steak tartare from finest Aberdeen Angus cattle the delicacy was served Blair - er...bleu!** on a bed of lambs lettuce and sauce gribiche.
It was only when digestion samples from the Kuwaiti National Poisons Unit tested positive 'for all kinds of f***ing stuff' that the culinary ruse was rumbled.
"Tomorrow's the traditional day for dealing with all tossers issues," the Palace majordomo explained.
"They're feeling pretty much crêpe about it but what the hell?"
** ie raw