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Platinum Pudding Competition
Terms and Conditions


Who can enter

This competition is open to all residents of the United Kingdom aged 8 and over, except for employees of F&M, members of the Royal Household and Government Offices and its staff or anyone else professionally connected with the competition.

Entrants under the age of 18 must provide their parent/guardian’s name and email address and confirm that they have their permission to enter.

This competition is open to all individuals, families, school classes, community groups, companies and other entities however one lead entrant must be nominated and submit the entry on their behalf and for the purposes of the competition, that nominated person shall be responsible for that submission.

Neither the entrant or the entrant’s parent(s)/ guardian must (i) have any NVQ, BTEC and/or equivalent professional qualification in baking, cooking, food production, food preparation or catering, (ii) be employed in a commercial organisation as a baker, cook or chef or (iii) have a livelihood that is derived from commercial baking or cooking.

If shortlisted as a finalist, entrants must be available to attend Fortnum & Mason Piccadilly in March 2022 for the final judging round. If the entrant is under the age of 18, their parent/ guardian must be available to accompany them. Please note that in order to minimise risks in relation to Covid-19, certain health and safety protocols may need to be put in place for the final judging round. We will use reasonable endeavours to avoid taking children out of school by scheduling the final judging round for a weekend or school holiday however please note that we cannot guarantee this is always possible.


Eligible recipe submissions

Whilst a traditional ‘pudding’ is typically steamed or boiled, we are accepting a wide range of entries, be it layered or rolled, a pie or crumble, a cake or tart - the Platinum Pudding Competition is open to interpretation; however, your recipe submission should be sweet rather than savoury. If in doubt, just imagine the winning dish served for Afternoon Tea or after the main course.


How to enter

To enter, submit a recipe, a brief description, and an optional photo of a pudding via the online form found on the Jubilee Pudding page on the F&M website.

Your recipe should be inspired by The Queen’s life and work and must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- It must be genuine, accurate and original
- It must be hand-made (electric whisks and other commonplace gadgets are fine!)
- It must not include any other names or personal details

Any entries that fail to meet the criteria above shall be void and shall be excluded from entry into the competition.

There is a limit of only entry per person. If entrants submit more than one entry, only the first will be judged and all other shall be disregarded.

F&M shall not be responsible for lost or late entries due to technical difficulties or otherwise. By submitting your recipe via the online form, you warrant that you have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions. If the entrant is under the age of 18, the parent/ guardian of the entrant warrants on the entrant’s behalf that they and the entrant have read, understood and accepted these Terms and Conditions and they consent on behalf of the entrant.


Deadline for entries

Entries must be received between 00.01am on 10 January 2022 and 11.59pm on 4 February 2022 (the “Closing Date”). Entries received after the Closing Date shall not be accepted.


The prize

The winner shall win the following:
- The Platinum Pudding Competition trophy
- The winner’s pudding shall be featured widely in The Platinum Jubilee central bank holiday weekend event commemorating the Platinum Jubilee.
- The winner’s recipe shall be on display at the F&M Piccadilly store in June 2022 to mark the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
- If the pudding goes into production, the winner shall receive credit on the recipe and packaging of the product. Please see our FAQs for more information.
- A Platinum Jubilee Hamper with a retail value of £225.00.
- A F&M gift voucher valued at £500.
- Afternoon tea for two in the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon with a retail value of £140.

The two runners’ up shall win a Platinum Jubilee Hamper with a retail value of £225.00.

All prizes cannot be transferred and there is no cash alternative.


Selection Criteria

All competition entries shall be judged based on 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.


Winner selection

There will be a three-stage process to select a winner and all judging will be based on the Selection Criteria above:

First round
All entries will initially be judged by F&M’s own in-house chefs who will shortlist the 30-50 best entries.

Second round
The shortlisted 30-50 entries will be shared with a second judging panel who will select five finalists.

The final
The five finalists will be invited to Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London to bake their recipe for a judging panel who will select a winner.

The decision of the judges and judging panels above regarding any aspect of the competition is final and binding.


Shortlist and winner notification

Fortnum’s will contact the three finalists using the email address and telephone number provided on the application form by 24th February 2022. The five finalists are required to attend the live final at Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly, London, WC 14th March 2022*. If for any reason a finalist cannot attend or wishes to forfeit, the opportunity will be offered to the next runner up.

All entrants will be notified via email using the email address provided on the application form, that the three finalists have been selected by 28th February 2022.

The winner will be notified in person on the final judging day that they are the winner. The winner of the Platinum Pudding Competition will be announced via www.fortnumandmason.com/platinum-pudding on the day of the final judging.

The shortlisted applicants and winner’s name will be available for one month after the Closing Date by sending a request to platinumpudding@fortnumandmason.co.uk.


Data protection and publicity

By entering the competition, you understand that for the purposes of administering the competition and prize fulfilment, it is necessary for F&M to hold and process your personal data. For more information on how F&M manages your personal data, please read our privacy notice.

If you are shortlisted or are the winner of the competition, you agree that F&M may use your name and submission on its website, in public announcements and publicity to announce the winner of this competition and for any other reasonable and related promotional purposes, for no further consideration. The shortlisted entrants and winner must be available for public events.


Ownership of the recipe and intellectual property rights

All recipe submissions upon entry will become the property of F&M.

By submitting your recipe to F&M, and any accompanying material, you agree to: (i) assign to F&M all you Intellectual Property Rights with full title guarantee; and (ii) waive all moral rights, in and to your competition entry and otherwise arising in connection with your entry to which you may now or at any time in the future be entitled under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended from time to time and under all similar legislation from time to time in force anywhere in the world.

Any assignment of Intellectual Property Rights as mentioned above will be without any compensation to you and F&M may adapt and edit the recipe as it so chooses. F&M shall not be able to provide a credit to the winner on every occasion that the recipe is used.

By submitting your recipe, and any accompanying material, you warrant that: (i) You are the owner and that your submission does not infringe upon any third party's rights; and (ii) there are no conflicting agreements in place that restrict usage of your recipe submission.


General Terms

F&M and its associated agencies, companies and distributors will not be liable for any loss (including, without limitation, indirect, special or consequential loss or loss of profits/, expense or damage which is suffered or sustained (whether or not resulting from any person's negligence) in connection with this competition, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law (including liability for fraud, death, or personal injury resulting from negligence) in which case that liability is limited to the minimum permitted by law. Your statutory rights are not affected.

If there is any reason to believe that there has been a breach of these Terms and Conditions or if F&M believes that your conduct may be unlawful or otherwise bring the Competition into disrepute, F&M may, at its sole discretion, reserve the right to make render your submission void and will entitle F&M to exclude you from participating in the competition.

The decision of F&M regarding any aspect of the competition is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.

F&M reserves the right to suspend, cancel, or amend the competition where it becomes necessary to do so, with no liability to any nominators or third parties.

This competition and all issues arising out of it shall be governed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

The Promoter: Fortnum & Mason Plc, 181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER, United Kingdom.

*Exact date to be confirmed by 24th February 2022