• Donald Trump always ordered shrimp cocktail, well-done steak and fries at Trump International Hotel's restaurant, a report says
  • A former chef said Trump once complained that a dining companion was served a bigger steak than him
  • The restaurant reportedly prepares a tray of snacks that includes potato chips, gummy bears and chocolates for his visits

Donald Trump reportedly once complained that he was served a smaller steak than a person he was dining with at the restaurant of his Washington, D.C., hotel, according to a former executive chef.

Former staff at the Trump International Hotel's restaurant, BLT Prime, where the former president had been dining for the past four years, recently got candid to the Washingtonian about their experience serving Trump. Former executive chef Bill Williamson, who worked at the steakhouse until the start of the pandemic, said that while Trump never sent back a plate, he would make his displeasure known if something didn't meet his standards.

Trump once complained that a table companion was given a bigger steak than him despite the two steaks appearing identical, according to the chef.

"It was the same steak. Both well done. Maybe it was a half ounce bigger or something, I don’t know," the Washingtonian quoted Williamson as saying.

Following what the publication dubbed "Steakgate," the chef began serving Trump a 40-ounce tomahawk instead of filet mignon or bone-in rib eye.

The restaurant had also ordered special "super-sized" shrimp for Trump, who, per the report, always ordered the same thing when he dined at BLT Prime — shrimp cocktail, well-done steak and fries. He sometimes ordered apple pie or chocolate cake for dessert.

According to the "Standard Operating Procedure" document for Trump's visits that was obtained by the outlet, the staff had to prepare snacks for the former president as well.

The tray of snacks would include sour cream and onion flavor Lay's potato chips, Milky Way, Snickers, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Tic Tacs, gummy bears, Chips Ahoy, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Tootsie Rolls, chocolate-covered raisins and Pop-Secret.

Aside from being particular when it comes to his steak and snacks, Trump had a "seven-step" requirement for how his Diet Coke was to be served to him, The Washingtonian reported. The ex-POTUS, who has been described as a "germophobe," required that the can had to be opened in front of him each time, the report said.

Trump also always sat at the steakhouse's Table 72, where only he, wife Melania Trump, his children and approved members of his inner circle like Rudy Giuliani or Mike Pence had been allowed to sit over the past four years. The restaurant's staff said Trump’s children were "fairly low-key and polite" compared to other VIPs such as Giuliani, who was described by a former manager as the "biggest pain in my butt."

Former US president Donald Trump and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley
Former US president Donald Trump and former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley GETTY IMAGES / MARK WILSON