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Will Warwickshire's Sam be crowned winner of the The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking?

Stratford Editorial 12th May, 2022

The winner of the Platinum Pudding competition will be announced tonight as The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking ends on BBC One this evening.

Among the five finalists is Sam, a 32-year-old lawyer from Warwickshire who began baking at the age of seven with her grandmother, who taught her all the traditional baking methods.

Her submission of the jubilee bundt cake is based on the classic Victoria sponge but with a royal twist as it is shaped like a crown and includes a Dubonnet jam, which she read was the Queen’s favourite tipple.

She hopes families all over the world will be able to easily recreate the recipe in their own kitchens to join in on the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Dame Mary Berry has said she “couldn’t believe” the variety of different ages that entered a competition to create a pudding fit to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“The final five puddings couldn’t have been more different, and the bakers were all very organised, putting forward their idea and explaining so passionately why they chose it. It was lovely” – Dame Mary Berry. Photo credit: BBC

Recipes by five amateur bakers have been selected from nearly 5,000 entries from across the country as part of the competition between royal grocer Fortnum & Mason and the Big Jubilee Lunch in honour of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

The Queen’s Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking, which airs on BBC One tonight (May 12), will see Dame Mary and the Duchess of Cornwall announce the winner.

Speaking ahead of the broadcast, Dame Mary said:

“I couldn’t believe it actually. It’s rather wonderful too about the different ages, there were some from children as young as 10, and they sent in pictures of what they were doing.”

On the quality of the entries, she added:

“I was very impressed. The final five puddings couldn’t have been more different, and the bakers were all very organised, putting forward their idea and explaining so passionately why they chose it. It was lovely.”

Finalists Kathryn, Jemma,  Shabnam,  Susan and Warwickshire’s Sam travelled to London to create their puddings in what Dame Mary described as Fortnum & Masons’ “very smart” tea room.

The judging panel also included MasterChef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti, writer Jane Dunn, former Bake Off champion Rahul Mandal, pastry chef Matt Adlard and culinary historian and author Regula Ysewijn.

Dame Mary, 87, said she got involved in the project because she thought it was a “simply wonderful idea”.

She added:

“Jubilees are very special, people are going to come together, have street parties and come together for the occasion as families and communities.

“It’s a wonderful thought that perhaps this Jubilee pudding will be made for everyone celebrating whether at street parties, for family occasions, or even made for just two people.

“The Jubilee weekend will feel as though the country is united.”

Reflecting on what her own Jubilee pudding would be like, she said:

“I thought about this before I went in to judge. I thought I’d make something that would be possible for a street party, a family celebration, and it would be portable.

“Something that could be made ahead of an event and something with favourite flavours, not too unusual and spectacular that everybody would go ‘ooh and ahh’ about.”

Come on Sam! Everyone in Warwickshire is rooting for you.

– The winning recipe will be revealed in The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years In The Baking, on BBC One at 8pm on May 12. 

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