Fortnum’s Launches Platinum Jubilee Baking Contest

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 70th anniversary on the throne, Fortnum & Mason is launching a bake-off like no other.

Anyone over the age of eight can submit a recipe, and the deadline is February 4. After submissions close, five finalists will be invited to prepare their culinary creations for an expert jury. The panel will include Dame Mary Berry from Great British Bake Off, Monica Galetti from Masterchef and Buckingham Palace head chef Mark Flanagan.

Mark’s advice is to “keep it simple. Don’t try to include too many different flavors or textures in one dish. Think subtle and elegant rather than fussy and overly complicated.

Dame Mary is clearly delighted to be judging the desserts again: “I am delighted to be the chair of the jury for this exciting competition to make the perfect pudding for the Queen. I hope everyone who participates has a lot of fun.

Tom Athron, CEO of Fortnum & Mason, calls on everyone to “roll up their sleeves and get involved, from individuals, families and community groups to nursing homes, schools and colleges. We can’t wait to see all the inventive entries.

The winner will be invited to the palace’s lavish celebrations and dessert will be served at luncheons and Jubilee parties across the country.

Creating a new dish to celebrate the reign of a monarch is by no means a new invention. In 1953, Le Cordon Blue invented the Coronation Chicken to celebrate the start of Her Majesty’s now record-breaking monarchy.

Since then, the dish has become a staple, especially in sandwiches. Later Jubilee dishes were created, but none enjoyed the same popularity.

The winning pudding will be enjoyed at the Big Jubilee Lunches during the extended holiday, and the recipe will be made available to the public.

You can enter the contest on the Fortnum & Mason website now.

In other news, a former Fat Duck pastry chef is suing for £200,000 over RSI claims.