“She was the head of the United Kingdom for 11 and a half years and did not have a cook. I have a cook. The last movie I made when I stopped making dinner was Sophie’s Choice and that was a long time ago. She would work late into the night and require all the cabinet ministers to be up there in the apartment with her… She would go and whip up some horrible Welsh rarebit and give it to them.” Meryl Streep was fascinated to learn that Margaret Thatcher refused to hire a personal chef. The actress plays the former British Prime Minister in upcoming movie The Iron Lady.