Queen calling on Britons to create new pudding to celebrate Platinum Jubilee

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations programme in full

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In 2022, the Queen, 95, is to celebrate her Platinium Jubilee, marking 70 years as the Head of State. Her Majesty will become the first British Monarch to celebrate the momentous occasion.

The celebrations for her historic reign will be ongoing throughout the year, and also includes an extended bank holiday running from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

A number of “events and community activities” have been planned over these days as celebrations for the British public.

Among these is the “Big Lunch”, Britain’s Jubilee street party, which will be presided over by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

A new competition has been launched today, January 10, to find an “inventive” dish dedicated to the Queen’s lengthy service.

The winner of the contest will see their recipe being the star of the Big Jubilee Lunches in June.

The search is a collaboration between Buckingham Palace and Fortnum & Mason, an upmarket department store.

The competition to create a new pudding fit for royalty is open to anyone aged eight and over, who resides in the UK.

The dish needs to be able to be enjoyed by anyone and will be judged by a panel of professional chefs, award-winning home bakers, authors, historians and patissiers.

The judges include food writer and television presenter Dame Mary Berry, presenter and judge on Masterchef: The Professionals Monica Galetti and Buckingham Palace Head Chef Mark Flanagan.

Britons have until February 4 to submit their entry and round one of judging commences on February 7 where Fortnum & Mason narrow down the offerings.

Stage two of judging sees 30-50 entries shared with each of the judges, who will each nominate their top three.

From this, the panel will select their top five favourite dishes.

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These five finalists will be invited to Fortnum’s store in London’s Picadilly, to create their dishes for the judges, before a winner is crowned the creator of the Platinum Pudding.

The winner’s recipe will then be shared with the public so communities can recreate the pudding for an estimated 200,000 Big Jubilee Lunch street parties that are expected to take place over the extended bank holiday in June.

The Fortnum & Mason’s website gives an insight into what judges may be looking for by stating: “A good pudding should be joyful and celebratory, and make people smile.”

While Mr Flanagan has recommended that recipes for the competition should be kept simple.

He added that entrants should think “subtle and elegant rather than fussy and overcomplicated”, with flavours that “sing”.

While Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries called the contest a “wonderful” way to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.

She added: “I know it will inspire people of all ages across the UK to get baking.”

The street parties where the pudding will take centre stage are just one event in a full programme to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

On Monday, full details of the itinerary were released by the Palace, and it includes parades, concerts and a Thanksgiving service.

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