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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

Liam Charles

Baker, author and TV presenter

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

What is the Judging Criteria?

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

It Tastes Just Right

While our judges won’t be able to taste your pudding unless it makes it to the ‘live bake’ of the final round, you do need to ensure the ingredients list is 100% accurate - even a degree of imprecision will affect the flavour. And of course, it should taste, well, delicious.

Perfect for Home Bakers

Your pudding needs to be easy enough for people everywhere to recreate at home! Try to use ingredients and kitchen equipment readily available to people all over the world, rather than fancy gadgets and rare flowers only grown in your back garden.

A Memorable Story

A good pudding is made with passion and pride, so we’d love to hear the story behind your entry. Perhaps the recipe was inspired by Her Majesty The Queen’s life, has been handed down through the generations of your family, or recalls one of your own special memories.

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. A few final decorative flourishes always help – and make sure your photograph is nice and clear too for our judges to see your masterpiece in all its glory.