What you need to know about entering the Queen’s Platinum Pudding Competition.
THE QUEEN is celebrating her seventh decade on the throne this year, and the nation is being encouraged to participate in the Platinum Pudding Competition by creating a dessert.
Here’s how you can get involved:
The Platinum Pudding Competition is being organized by Fortnum and Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch, and it is open to British bakers and chefs.
The winning pudding is expected to be served at street parties across the country in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
Jubilees have a history of spawning new British dishes, and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is expected to follow suit.
Coronation chicken, created by Le Cordon Bleu in 1953, was an instant hit and is still a popular sandwich filling today.
Queen Victoria’s reign was also the source of the famous Victoria sponge cake in previous decades.
Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Platinum Pudding Competition.
Dame Mary Berry, the nation’s baking sweetheart, will preside over a panel of expert judges who will decide which dessert among the entrants is the best.
Roger Pizey, Executive Pastry Chef at Fortnum and Mason, television baker Liam Charles, and Buckingham Palace’s Head Chef Mark Flanagan LVO are among the other judges.
If your recipe shows promise, you may be invited to the final round to ‘live bake’ your dish for the judges to sample.
“I’m ecstatic to be the panel chair for this exciting competition to create the perfect pudding fit for the Queen, and to work alongside such a wonderful team of judges,” Dame Mary said.
“I wish everyone who enters the best of luck and hope they have a lot of fun.”
When submitting their special creation online, applicants will be required to complete a recipe form.
The competition is open to people aged eight and up, with parents and guardians responsible for children aged eight to seventeen.
The puddings will be judged on a number of factors, including whether they “taste just right” and are “ideal for home bakers.”
The dessert will also need to have a “memorable story” and, of course, be “fit for the Queen.”
The recipe must also be genuine, accurate, and unique, and it must be handcrafted by the applicant as an “original creation.”
The Fortnum and Mason website has all of the details about the application process.
Platinum is a precious metal.
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