Lady Sophie Windsor, and actress and cake expert Jane Asher, who are patrons of The Children’s Surgery Foundation, are to judge this year’s World Chelsea Bun Awards along with a Chelsea Pensioner and John Shepherd, owner of Partridges.
The 4th annual online bake-off competition is free to enter and all bakers need to do is make some Chelsea Buns, photograph them and post the photo on Instagram using the hashtag #worldchelseabunawards and tag in @world.chelsea.bun.awards or email their photograph via the www.worldchelseabunawards.com website. Although the bake-off is free to enter bakers are encouraged to make a donation to the award’s chosen charity, The Children’s Surgery Foundation.
Bakers can enter their Chelsea Buns into one of three categories: Children Under 18’s; Adults or Professional Bakers. Winners of each category will receive a bespoke Partridges hamper, a certificate, a World Chelsea Bun Awards Winners’ Apron from monogramme specialist Initially London and the overall winner will become ‘Supreme Champion Chelsea Bun Baker 2022’.
Buns will be judged on how appetising they look, the originality/creativity of the recipe and the presentation/plating.
The competition closes at 5pm on Saturday 14th May 2022 and the winners will be announced at www.worldchelseabunawards.com and on Instagram in advance of Partridges 50th Anniversary on Wednesday 25th May 2022.
John Shepherd, Owner and Managing Directory of Partridges says… “The first Chelsea Bun was created around 1700 by Richard Hand close to Partridges’ store in Duke of York Square, Chelsea. Richard, known as Captain Bun, ran The Old Chelsea Bun House which was famous for its Chelsea Buns and counted King George II, King George III and their families amongst its customers. We are delighted to hold the World Chelsea Bun Awards for the fourth year running and hope they will once again revive the baking of Chelsea Buns in the area and help raise funds and awareness for The Children’s Surgery Foundation.”
Jane Asher says… “This wonderful charity is very close to my heart: it does so much to alleviate the potential pain and distress involved when little ones have to go through the trauma of surgery. Baking some delicious Chelsea Buns is a delightful way of raising money to enable us to do more, and I hope lots of you will join us in having a go.”