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A trifle for Queen Elizabeth: UK unveils winner of Jubilee dessert contest

31-year-old copywriter’s creation judged best among 5,000 submitted for June 2-5 celebrations

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Jemma Melvin the Platinum Jubilee Pudding winner poses for the media with her creation, at a department store in London, Friday, May 13, 2022. Jemma was chosen from over 5000, entries. The 31-year-old copywriter's seven-layer lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle beat 5,000 desserts in a U.K.-wide competition to become the official pudding -- or dessert, if you're not British -- of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Jemma Melvin the Platinum Jubilee Pudding winner poses for the media with her creation, at a department store in London, Friday, May 13, 2022. Jemma was chosen from over 5000, entries. The 31-year-old copywriter's seven-layer lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle beat 5,000 desserts in a U.K.-wide competition to become the official pudding -- or dessert, if you're not British -- of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (alastair grant/Associated Press) Photo Gallery

LONDON — It’s not just a trifle. It’s history.

A 31-year-old copywriter’s seven-layer lemon Swiss roll and amaretti trifle beat 5,000 desserts in a U.K.-wide competition to become the official pudding — or dessert, if you’re not British — of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Contest organizers hope people throughout Britain will serve Jemma Melvin’s sunshine-bright, sweet-and-sour concoction topped with whipped cream and crumbled cookies at neighborhood parties and backyard teas as part of the June 2-5 celebrations to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne.

Melvin, who is from Southport in northwest England, said her creation was inspired by both her grandmothers and the queen.

“This particular trifle is a tribute to three women: It’s my Gran, my Nan and the queen herself,” she said. “My grandma taught me to bake. She taught me all the elements, everything from scratch. My Nan’s signature dish was always a trifle; we used to call her the queen of trifles.”

The contest was announced in January as Jubilee organizers sought to find a modern-day counterpart to coronation chicken, the combination of cold poultry, mayonnaise and curry powder created for festivities on the day in 1953 when Elizabeth was crowned.

The winner was announced by the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles’ wife, on Thursday night.

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