Camilla and the former Great British Bake Off judge are on the search to find the perfect dessert for Her Majesty to mark 70 years on the throne.
The UK-wide competition, a collaboration between royal grocer Fortnum & Mason and the Big Jubilee Lunch, aims to find “an original and celebratory cake, tart or pudding fit for the Queen”.
Thousands of keen bakers and patissiers have been tasked with the job of creating an iconic dish which is not only delicious but also “makeable in a home kitchen, telling a story, and having the potential to stand the test of time and become Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Pudding”.
The quest to mark the monarch’s Platinum Jubilee with a new signature dessert follows a long tradition of inventive baking in honour of royal celebrations, from Coronation Chicken for the Queen’s coronation, to the Victoria sponge named after Queen Victoria.
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Nearly 5,000 entries from across the country were whittled down to a final short list of 50 following a blind judging on recipe alone, selected by Fortnum & Mason’s executive chef, Roger Pizey, and chef director, Sydney Aldridge, and team.
Joined by Buckingham Palace’s head chef, Mark Flanagan, Alridge and Pizey then selected five final entries to be revealed in the BBC One's programme, The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking, where the bakers will prepare their recipes before presenting them to the judging panel.
Dame Mary, 87, is joined on the judging panel by other award-winning home bakers and professional chefs, as well as authors, historians and patissiers.
The panel includes MasterChef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti, food writer Jane Dunn, baker and pastry chef Matt Adlard, and Belgian author and culinary historian, Regula Ysewijn.
Dame Mary introduces the Duchess of Cornwall, who is a patron of the Big Jubilee Lunch, as a special guest to announce the winner of the competition in the programme.
The winning recipe will be available online on the BBC’s Good Food website, as well as the websites of Fortnum & Mason’s and the Big Jubilee Lunch.
The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking has been made by Sidney Street productions and airs on BBC One at 8pm on May 12.
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