Great royal bake off! Mary Berry to judge nationwide contest to find a pudding fit for the Queen as full list of plans and pageantry for her Platinum Jubilee year is unveiled
- Mary Berry to judge nationwide competition to find a dessert fit for the Queen for her Platinum Jubilee
- Launched with Fortnum and Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch, the contest will be open to all UK residents aged eight and over
- The winner will be chosen by a panel including Dame Mary Berry, Masterchef’s Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace’s head chef Mark Flanagan
First the Victoria Sponge, then Coronation chicken – and now the Queen’s Platinum Pudding.
Taking inspiration from dishes created to mark previous royal events, Buckingham Palace today announces a nationwide baking competition to find a dessert fit for the Queen to mark her historic jubilee.
Launched with Fortnum and Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch, the contest will be open to all UK residents aged eight and over.
The winner will be chosen by a expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Masterchef’s Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace’s head chef Mark Flanagan.
The winner will be chosen by a expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry (pictured), Masterchef’s Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace’s head chef Mark Flanagan
Details have emerged of other plans to celebrate the monarch’s milestone, including a special Trooping the Colour, a thanksgiving service, the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, a show at Windsor Castle and a series of special exhibitions at royal residences
They are looking for an ‘inventive’ dish that can be enjoyed by everyone – and it will be dedicated to the Queen to celebrate her 70 years of service.
Five finalists will be invited to Fortnum’s store in London’s Piccadilly to create their masterpieces for the judges and the winner will be crowned the creator of the Platinum Pudding.
The recipe will be made available for communities to share at an estimated 200,000 Big Jubilee Lunch street parties taking place over the four-day celebratory weekend in June.
It comes as details have emerged of other plans to celebrate the monarch’s milestone, including a special Trooping the Colour, a thanksgiving service, the BBC’s Platinum Party at the Palace, a show at Windsor Castle and a series of special exhibitions at royal residences.
There will also be a Platinum Jubilee Pageant held in London.
Mr Flanagan recommended that entrants for the pudding competition keep their recipes simple.
He added they should think ‘subtle and elegant rather than fussy and over complicated’, with flavours that ‘sing’.
Dame Mary said she was ‘thrilled’ to judge a competition to ‘make the perfect pudding for the Queen’.
The deadline for entries is February 4, after which they will be judged by a panel of award-winning home bakers, professional chefs, authors, historians and patissiers, who will choose their five favourites to go through to the final round.
Next year’s Platinum Jubilee pageant will be the ‘largest ever put on’, organisers say – even topping events held in 1897 for Queen Victoria’s diamond milestone. Pictured: Queen Elizabeth II (second from left) with children on October 1 at the start of the official planting season for the Queen’s Green Canopy – part of the Platinum Jubilee initiative
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries claimed the competition was a ‘wonderful’ way to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. ‘I know it will inspire people of all ages across the UK to get baking,’ she added.
Tom Athron, chief executive of Fortnum and Mason, said: ‘We’re proud to be launching the Platinum Pudding competition to celebrate and say thank you for the Queen’s incredible 70 years of service.
‘We hope that everyone will roll their sleeves up and get involved from individuals, families and community groups to care homes, schools and colleges.’
The Big Jubilee Lunch will be the country’s biggest community celebration, bringing people together to share ‘friendship, food and fun’ over the four-day bank holiday weekend from June 2 to 5.
Executive director Peter Stewart said: ‘We’re really excited to be bringing the spirit of the jubilee into every neighbourhood with The Big Jubilee Lunch this June.’
The pageant – which will see thousands of performers, dancers, musicians and military personnel unite to tell the story of the Queen’s 70-year reign – is also asking for schools to get involved by helping to design silk banners that will be carried down The Mall in London.
Further details on the Platinum Pudding competition can be found at www.fortnumandmason.com/platinum-pudding.