Fortnum & Mason has launched a pudding competition for the Platinum Jubilee

It’s great to finally have big events to look forward to again, and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations are certainly up there for 2022. Not only do we get an extra long Bank Holiday weekend to mark Her Majesty’s 70-year reign, but it’s scheduled to be full of exciting activities.

To mark the special occasion, Fortnum & Mason has launched a bake off competition, to find a new pudding fit for the Queen. The renowned retailer has set the nation a challenge of creating a brand new dessert that will become a national dish, which can then be recreated for generations.

The Platinum Jubilee pudding competition will be judged by top chefs and bakers, including queen of baking Mary Berry. ‘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,’ she said. ‘I hope everyone who enters has lots of fun and I wish them the very best of luck.’

Joining Mary on the judging panel will be Masterchef judge Monica Galetti, Junior Bake Off judge Liam Charles and the Queen’s very own head chef Mark Flanagan, to name a few.

Mark, who’s been the Queen’s chef since 2002, advised entrants to ‘keep it simple’ and avoid being ‘fussy and over-complicated’ with their bakes. Fortnum & Mason explain the recipe needs to be ‘easy enough for people everywhere to recreate at home’. Ideally, the pudding should have a story behind it and it needs to be fit for royalty, of course.

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This isn’t the first time a foodie competition has been launched for the Queen, either. Coronation chicken was actually created in 1953 to mark Her Majesty taking to the throne. It’s hoped the winning Platinum Jubilee pudding could become as iconic as Victoria Sponge cake, named after Queen Victoria.

Anyone aged over eight can submit an entry to the Platinum Pudding competition from today (10 January) until 4 February. Round one of judging begins on 7 February, which is overseen by Fortnum & Mason chefs. Then, 30-50 entries will be shared with each judge who will nominate their top three. Next, the judging panel selects their top five to go through to the live final in March.

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The winning recipe will then be published so people can serve the brand new pudding during The Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday 5 June.

So, do you think you’re up to the challenge? Enter the competition here. Good luck!