Elvis Presley had a refined taste for music, and his taste in food was no less refined. The King’s very specific banana and peanut butter sandwich was nothing to joke about, according to his former Graceland Chef.
One morning Jenkins greeted Elvis Presley and asked what he would like for breakfast. To her surprise, he requests a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich, to which Jenkins replies that she’d never heard of it.
“The first time I went in, fixed the sandwich and put it on the tray and brought it back, that wasn’t right. His father was sitting there, and he said, ‘Mary, I’m going with you and help you and let’s see, maybe both of us can get it right.”
The two first toasted the bread, then put peanut butter and banana on a slice. The chef and father added a good amount of butter to the pan and put the toast on top. Jenkins would keep flipping the sandwich until it was heated all the way through.
“He said, ‘That’s what I want! That’s right.’ And then smiled.”
Elvis Presley and Jenkins Relationship
Elvis Presley loved the special sandwiches and craved them all throughout the day.
“If he wanted them in the morning when he went and woke up, I would have to fix them. If he wanted them at two o’clock in the morning, I would have to still fix them. Whenever he’d get a taste for them, he’d call down, and that’s what he wanted.”
Mary Jenkins then admits the sandwiches were not helping with Elvis Presley’s weight. She said they once tried to put him on a strict diet of fresh food from California, but he refused. Elvis Presley told Jenkins that eating was the only thing that brought him enjoyment.
Whenever doctors put Presley on a diet for his health, he could always turn to Mary Jenkins to hook him up with the unhealthy foods. She recalls how she snuck in hot dogs per his request while he was in the hospital.
Elvis Presley and Mary Jenkins grew very close. He even bought the woman a stone house with pink trim.
The last thing she ever cooked for ‘The King’ was a cheeseburger before he lost all his appetite completely a few days before his death.
Mary and Elvis remained close friends throughout Presley’s life and up until the night of his death when she said “goodbye and see you tomorrow.”