How to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Pudding Competition

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Fortnum & Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch are inviting Britain’s bakers and chefs to get involved with the Platinum Pudding Competition. In honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, it is hoped the winning pudding will be served at street parties across the country.

Jubilees have a history of producing new British dishes, and it is hoped the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will do the same.

In 1953, Le Cordon Bleu’s creation, coronation chicken, was a sensation and it is still a firm favourite sandwich filling today.

And in previous decades, Queen Victoria’s reign inspired the iconic Victoria sponge cake.

Here is everything you need to know about the Platinum Pudding Competition taking place this year.

Who will judge the competition?

The nation’s baking sweetheart, Dame Mary Berry, will chair a panel of expert judges who will decide which dessert out of all the entrants is the best.

Other judges include Roger Pizey, Executive Pastry Chef at Fortnum & Mason, TV baker Liam Charles and Buckingham Palace’s Head Chef Mark Flanagan LVO, among others.

If your recipe shows potential, you could be invited to the final round to ‘live bake’ your creation for the judges to taste for themselves.

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Dame Mary said: “I’m so thrilled to be panel chair for this exciting competition to make the perfect pudding fit for the Queen, and to work alongside such a wonderful team of judges.

“I hope everyone who enters has lots of fun and I wish them the very best of luck.”

What are the judges looking for?

Applicants will need to fill out a recipe form when they submit their special creation online.

The competition is open to people aged eight and above, and parents and guardians must submit forms for those aged eight to 17.

The puddings will be ranked based on several criteria, including whether ‘it tastes just right’ and if it is ‘perfect for home bakers’.

The dessert will also need ‘a memorable story’ and, of course, it will need to be ‘fit for the Queen’.

The recipe also needs to be genuine, accurate and original, and must be handmade by the applicant as an ‘original creation’.

Full details about the application process can be found on the Fortnum & Mason website.

How can you take part in the Platinum Pudding Competition?

The Platinum Pudding Competition opened on January 10 for entries, and the final day to submit is February 4.

Entrants who think their recipes are up to the challenge can enter online via the Fortnum & Mason website.

There are three rounds of judging scheduled before the live final, which has five places available.

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