Home baker who won Jubilee contest to appear at Southport Flower Show

Home baker who won Jubilee contest to appear at Southport Flower Show

by Tom Martin (July 2022)

A HOME baker from Southport who created the official pudding for The Queen’s Jubilee is to be a star turn at the Southport Flower Show.

Jemma Melvin’s Lemon Swiss Roll and Amaretti Trifle recipe beat more than 5,000 desserts to win Fortnum & Mason’s Platinum Pudding competition, which was followed by the BBC One programme, The Jubilee Pudding: 70 Years in the Baking. 

Now Jemma will share some of her baking tips with thousands of visitors as she appears in the cookery theatre at the Southport Flower Show in August.

Jemma, who works as a copywriter in Southport, was persuaded by a friend to enter Fortnum’s Platinum Pudding competition earlier this year.

Her citrus trifle used techniques she learned from her grandmother and was inspired by the lemon posset served at The Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip.

It was chosen as the unanimous winner by judges led by Dame Mary Berry and is now part of British royal food history along with Coronation Chicken and the Victoria Sponge.

Since winning the competition, Jemma has appeared on numerous television programmes including ITV’s This Morning and Good Morning Britain; BBC’s The One Show and also Good Morning America.

Jemma said: “The dish was actually a tribute to my Nan - who loved trifles - and my Grandma, who taught me to bake.

“My whole family loves the Southport Flower Show so it is surreal to be invited to come back to do some baking in the show kitchens.

“It’s been an unbelievable few weeks for me since winning the competition and appearing at Southport Flower Show will be the cherry on the cake.”

She joins a host of famous chefs in her home town when the Southport Flower Show returns to Victoria Park from Thursday, August 18 to Sunday, August 21.

Also appearing at Southport at Hairy Biker Si King, Ready Steady Cook chef Ellis Barrie and Dave Critchley, who has featured on The Great British Menu.

Jemma will put on two demonstrations in the Southport Cookery Theatre on August 18 at 1pm and 3pm.

Southport Flower Show general manager Alan Adams said: “We can’t wait to welcome Jemma to our cookery theatre and see her recreate the famous Platinum Pudding.”

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