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The Judges & Judging Criteria

Chaired by Dame Mary Berry

An independent panel of expert judges comprising award-winning home bakers, professional chefs, authors, historians and patissiers.

Dame Mary Berry

Food writer and television presenter

Roger Pizey

Executive Pastry Chef, Fortnum & Mason

Jane Dunn

Food writer, author and baker

Dr. Rahul Mandal

Food writer, author and baker

Matt Adlard

Pastry Chef

Mark Flanagan LVO

Buckingham Palace Head Chef

Monica Galetti

Chef proprietor of Mere, TV presenter and judge on Masterchef: The Professionals

Regula Ysewijn

Culinary historian and author


Here’s a reminder of the Judging Criteria?

We asked that the recipe fields be completed to the best of your ability. This meant filling out the recipe form in English and listing the ingredients in metric measurements. In addition, our judges were looking for a winning pudding that means the following criteria.

It Tastes Just Right

The ingredients list needed to be 100% accurate - even a degree of imprecision can affect the flavour of a recipe. And of course, it should taste, well, delicious.

Perfect for Home Bakers

The winning dish needed to be easy enough for people everywhere to recreate at home! Our judging panel were looking for ingredients and kitchen equipment readily available to people all over the world, rather than fancy gadgets and complicated instructions.

A Memorable Story

A good pudding is made with passion and pride, so we loved hearing stories behind the entries. These included recipes inspired by Her Majesty The Queen’s life, those handed down through the generations, or a special family memory.

Fit for The Queen

The proof of the pudding may be in the eating, but this one will be served to The Queen, so it needs to look the part.