London-based store Partridges is seeking entries for its second annual World Chelsea Bun Awards.
Bakers of all ages and skill levels can enter in one of five categories, including Business & Professional Bakers, Junior Bakers, Young Bake-Off Wannabes, Have-a-Go Grown-ups, and Over-65s.
The buns will be judged on taste/flavour, originality/creativity and presentation/plating. Judging will take place at noon on Saturday 2 May, during the Duke of York Square weekly fine food market on the King’s Road in Chelsea.
All proceeds will be donated to The Children’s Surgery Foundation to help support children undergoing surgery at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
“The first Chelsea bun was created around 1700 by Richard Hand, close to Partridges store in Duke of York Square, Chelsea,” said John Shephard, owner and managing director of Partridges.
“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 among its customers.”
The judges include Michelin-star chef Phil Howard, owner of Elystan Street in Chelsea; a Chelsea Pensioner; Hélène Frost, the charity’s chief executive; and Shephard.
“We are delighted to hold the World Chelsea Bun Awards for the second year running and hope they will revive the baking of Chelsea buns in the area and help raise funds for The Children’s Surgery Foundation Charity,” he added.
The Children’s Surgery Foundation works to advance innovation in paediatric surgery nationwide through the provision of technology, training and research.