One of the most famous chefs in the world – Mary Berry, has chosen the official dessert for the platinum anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II, the BBC reported.
It is a lemon cream, with amaretti biscuits and a Swiss roll, prepared by Gemma Melvin. After a contested competition and tasting, the famous TV presenter and chef Mary Berry described him as “absolutely great”.
Gemma Melvin made the pudding after being inspired by a lemon dessert served at the future queen’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
The cake is in several layers with lemon curd, egg cream, jelly, tangerine juice, whipped cream, amaretti biscuits, chocolate and Swiss roll.
The dessert will be part of the special platinum anniversary menu of Elizabeth II, which also includes “Chicken for the Coronation” – spread chicken in a creamy curry sauce, and mushrooms “Victoria”, filled with butter cream and raspberry jam.
Approximately 5,000 people, aged 8 to 108, took part in the national competition for a new dessert in honor of the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne.
The competition required a dessert with a memorable history, but also suitable for the taste of the 96-year-old queen.
Another important condition was the opportunity to prepare the pudding at home and to attend the street celebrations planned across the country in June.
Gemma Melvin commented after her victory that her creation pays homage to three important women – her grandmothers and the queen.
“I can’t believe this modest dessert won. It’s surreal. I wanted it to be ‘folk pudding’, not just for the queen, but for everyone else,” she added.