Mary Berry and a panel of experts will decide which cake will celebrate the Queen’s platinum anniversary
Judges and bakers with their puddings on The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking
A quest for a brand new storied pudding to honor the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is the subject of a new BBC programme.
The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking follows five extraordinary home bakers, selected from over 5,000 applicants, as they take part in a Fortnum & Mason Competition to make an original dessert for Her Majesty.
The hour-long program shows the bakers making their creations, which are then judged Maria Berry and her friends.
So what can viewers expect from the show, who are the contestants and the judges, and when is the show airing on TV?
What is The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking about?
The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking follows bakers as they take part in a national competition organized by London luxury department store Fortum & Mason to mark the Queen’s historic platinum jubilee.
The competition was created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary on the throne and aimed to find a baker who would produce an original and celebratory cake, tart or pudding for the monarch .
BBC One cameras followed the five bakers Kathryn, Jemma, Sam, Shabnam and Susan on this once in a lifetime opportunity as they battled to impress the judges in the kitchens of the iconic London store.
The winning recipe will go down in history and become part of British food history, following in the footsteps of favorites like Coronation Chicken and Victoria Sponge Cake.
Who are the candidates?
There are five bakers, each of whom have come up with their own historical pastry.
Susan is a retired sales manager from Scotland and has created a Four Nations pudding.
She said: “I wanted to do something that represented Britain coming together.
“It’s a light, summery pudding with ingredients from every country; Scottish berries, Yorkshire rhubarb, Welsh cakes and Irish butter and cream.”
Jemma is a Southport-based copywriter who was inspired by the Queen’s wedding menu.
She said: “When I discovered the Queen had lemon posset at her wedding, I decided the recipe had to be based on lemon flavor.
“I came up with my Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle Pudding. I made several versions before adding amaretti and tangerines to make it even more special.”
Hailing from London, Shabnam used her knowledge of an Indian recipe to create her pudding.
She said: “I chose The Falooda, a very elegant but easy to prepare pudding that originated in Mumbai.
“It has saffron sponges and is topped with rose petal jelly and chopped nuts.
“The Queen is committed to a multi-ethnic, multicultural society and I wanted my cake to reflect that as much as the Commonwealth.”
Sam is a Warwickshire barrister who makes a Jubilee ring cake.
“It’s a take on the classic British Victoria sponge, shaped like a crown to reflect the celebrations.”
“Apparently Dubonnet is the Queen’s favorite drink, so I incorporated it into my jam to give it a bit of a kick.”
Kathryn, an Oxfordshire composer, has made a Passion Fruit Layered Tart that features creamy cheesecake, frangipane and buttery shortcrust pastry.
She said: “My pudding is inspired by my grandma who was a nurse for the NHS. It’s a version of a layered cake that she loved.
“My recipe marks 70 years of the Queen’s reign, but also pays homage to my grandmother’s many years of dedicated service.”
Who are the judges?
The jury, which decides which of the bakers’ creations go down in history, is chaired by Mary Berry.
Often referred to as the queen of cakes, Mary Berry has published more than 75 cookbooks and hosted several television series.
One of her most famous roles was as a judge on the BBC One show The Great British Bake Off from its launch in 2010 to 2016 when it was moved to Channel 4.
Mary said: “It’s a wonderful thought that this anniversary pudding might be made for everyone celebrating, whether at street parties, for family gatherings or even just for two. The anniversary weekend will feel like the country is united.”
The other judges are Monica Galetti, Rahul Mandal, Regula Ysewijn, Matt Adlard, Jane Dunn and Roger Pizey.
Chef Monica Galetti is a former judge on the BBC cooking program MasterChef: The Professionals.
Monica said, “I loved the sound of the competition, but as soon as they said Mary Berry would be the head judge, I said ‘of course.’ I just love her.”
Viewers will recognize Rahul Mandal as the winner of the 2018 series of The Great British Bake-Off.
Rahul said: “Even though I grew up in India, the royal family is such a big deal there too. So it’s a bit of a dream and to be part of the Platinum Jubilee competition is just a fantastic opportunity.”
Regula Ysewijn is a culinary writer and historian.
Regula said: “I’ve previously written a book on the history of British pudding, so it felt fitting to be involved and really be a part of that history.”
Matt Adlard is a self-taught pastry chef who runs an online baking school called Bake It Better and teaches others how to bake.
Matt said: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it’s not often that a Jubilee rolls around – let alone Platinum. To be one of only a handful of judges able to judge a pudding to celebrate the Queen is a unique, career-defining opportunity.”
Jane Dunn is a food writer, photographer and blogger and runs a blog called Jane’s Patisserie.
Jane said: “I just thought it would be a one off thing for everyone who competed in the competition and for the judges. It was just an incredible experience.”
Roger Pizey is senior pastry chef at Fortnum & Mason.
Roger said, “I jumped at the chance to be a part of it and I just think it was a huge sense of pride for all of us at Fortnum & Mason.”
When is The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking on TV?
Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking airs Thursday 12 May at 8pm on BBC One.
It will be available for viewing BBC iPlayer shortly after broadcast.
It will also be repeated on BBC Two on Monday 23 May at 2am.
Is there a trailer for The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking?
Yes, there is a trailer for the show.