Winner of Jubilee baking competition will fit Queen's 'simple' tastes

How to win the Great Royal Bake Off! Contestants in Platinum Jubilee dessert contest will need to create a ‘classic’ that fits with the Queen’s ‘simple and unfussy’ tastes, says Gyles Brandreth

  • Pudding competition invites public to create dessert dedicated to Queen’s reign
  • Nationwide baking 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
  • Royal biographer Gyles Brandreth says Queen enjoys ‘simple and unfussy’ food

The winner of the Platinum Jubilee Pudding Competition will need to create a ‘classic’ dessert which fits her Majesty’s ‘simple and unfussy’ tastes, says royal insider Gyles Brandreth. 

Launched with Fortnum & Mason and The Big Jubilee Lunch, the nationwide baking competition, open to all UK residents aged eight and over, aims to find a dessert to dedicate to the monarch’s reign. 

The winner will be chosen by a expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Masterchef’s Monica Galetti, Buckingham Palace’s head chef Mark Flanagan and food writer Jane Dunn. 

Appearing on This Morning today, Jane gave a glimpse into what the panel is looking for in the winning dish, while Prince Philip’s biographer Gyles, 73, revealed the Queen is likely to enjoy something ‘simple and inclusive’.  

The winner of the Platinum Jubilee Pudding Competition will create a ‘classic’ dessert which fits her Majesty’s ‘simple and unfussy’ tastes 

 Appearing on This Morning today, Gyles, 73, revealed the Queen is likely to enjoy something ‘simple and inclusive’

‘We’re looking for something as big as the Victoria sponge or coronation chicken but a new and exciting flavour,’ said Jane. 

‘We’re looking for something for everyone to make at home, something everyone will love and for the whole nation to enjoy.’ 

Gyles added: ‘I’ll tell you what she likes – simple. She likes unfussy. This is the Platinum Pudding – the idea is to create a dessert, there are lunches that are going to be happening all over the land, serving a classic pudding that’s going to live as long as the Victoria sponge – very simple – has lived. 

‘The Queen herself is not a fussy eater. They’re very keen never to tell you what the Queen likes because then at every function she gets served the same thing. 

The winner will be chosen by a expert judging panel including Dame Mary Berry, Masterchef’s Monica Galetti, Buckingham Palace’s head chef Mark Flanagan and food writer Jane Dunn (pictured) 

Recipes for the Queen’s Platinum Pudding Competition will be judged by an expert panel including Dame Mary Berry 

‘But I do know she’s not got a very big appetite, she does not like a great deal of richness. The idea of it being exciting is going to be quite challenging. 

‘The ultimate judges are going to be a chef, Mary Berry, someone from Fortnum and Buckingham Palace’s head chef, who really will know what the Queen likes, so I think keep it simple and inclusive.’  

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations Programme in full 

Here is a list of all of the events taking place for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee:

– January 10: Platinum Pudding Competition  The competition is inviting members of the public to create a dish to dedicate to the Queen’s reign.

– May 12-15: Platinum Jubilee Celebration  More than 500 horses and 1,000 performers will take part in a 90-minute show taking the Windsor Castle audience through history right from Elizabeth I to present day.

Bank Holiday: June 2: Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)  The colour will be trooped on Horse Guards Parade by the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards and over 1,200 officers and soldiers from the Household Division who will put on a display. Sandringham and Balmoral will also be open for residents and visitors to enjoy the celebrations across the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Beacons  The UK will join the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories to light a beacon to mark the Jubilee. The Principal Beacon will also be lit in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

June 3: Service of Thanksgiving  The Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s reign will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral.

June 4: Platinum Party at the Palace  Some of the world’s greatest entertainers are billed to perform at the concert at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the most significant moments from the Queen’s reign.

June 5: Big Jubilee Lunch  Street parties are being planned across the UK and neighbours are expected to join together for food and fun to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. It will mark the end of the Bank Holiday.

Platinum Jubilee Pageant  Performers will come together in London to tell the story of the Queen’s reign through a pageant that will include a ‘River of Hope’ section made up of 200 silk flags that will make its way through The Mall, appearing like a moving river.

July: The Royal Collection Trust  Three displays marking the Queen’s accession to the throne, the Coronation and Jubilees will be put on at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

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 also 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.

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 UK’s biggest community celebration, bringing people together to share ‘friendship, food and fun’, with an estimated twelve million people taking part over the four-day bank holiday weekend of June 2 to 5.

Executive director Peter Stewart said: ‘There are more reasons than ever to get together this year and although things may be difficult right now, we’re really excited to be bringing the spirit of the Jubilee into every neighbourhood with The Big Jubilee Lunch this June.

‘We’ve had some practice in coming together safely over the past two years, so let’s forge ahead and start planning some fun in and bring some Big Jubilee Lunch cheer to the UK.

‘Together we can create a piece of history that everyone can feel part of.’

Other official activities over the Jubilee weekend include a special Trooping The Colour, tickets for which are available by ballot at qbp.army.mod.uk; a service of thanksgiving; the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace, for which tickets will be available by ballot next month; Platinum Jubilee beacons being lit across the country, including at Buckingham Palace; and a series of special exhibitions at royal residences featuring portraits of the Queen and some of her most famous outfits and jewellery. 

The Queen in October at the start of the planting season for the Queen’s Green Canopy, part of the Platinum Jubilee initiative

The Queen and Prince Charles plant a tree at Balmoral Cricket Pavilion to mark the start of the planting season last October

The Platinum Jubilee 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 across the country to get involved by helping to design silk banners that will process down The Mall in London.

Primary and secondary schools are being invited to enter designs incorporating their hopes and aspirations for the planet over the next 70 years. Further details can be obtained at www.riverofhope.co.uk.

There will also be a Platinum Jubilee Celebration during the Royal Windsor Horse Show and events to mark the Queen’s Green Canopy, which has already seen more than 60,000 trees planted to create a living and, hopefully, everlasting tribute to the monarch.

Further details on the Platinum Pudding competition can be found by clicking here 

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