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World Chelsea Bun Awards

Bake-Off Competition 2020 ​Hosted by Partridges in Celebration of World Chelsea Bun Day

On Saturday 2nd May Royal Warrant Holder, Partridges of Sloane Square, are hosting the second annual World Chelsea Bun Awards to celebrate World Chelsea Bun Day.  Due to the Coronavirus, this year’s World Chelsea Bun Awards are moving online and it’s FREE to enter

The Judges 

Judges include Michelin Star Chef Phil Howard, Owner of Elystan Street in Chelsea; a Chelsea Pensioner; Hélène Frost, the Chief Executive of The Children’s Surgery Foundation and John Shepherd, owner of Partridges who has recently become ’Icon of the Speciality Fine Food & Drink Industry’. The judging will take place on Saturday 2nd May at 3pm. The competition is free to enter but entrants are requested to make a donation to The Children’s Surgery Foundation to help support children undergoing surgery at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. 

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 second year running and hope they will revive the baking of Chelsea Buns in the area and help raise funds and awareness for The Children’s Surgery Foundation Charity.”


Competition Details

How To Enter

All you need to do is make some Chelsea Buns, photograph them and either post the photo on Instagram using the hashtag #worldchelseabunawards and tag in @world.chelsea.bun.awards or simply email us your photograph.

Entry Deadline: 5pm on Friday 1st May 2020.

Enter your bun photographs into one of three categories: 

  • Children (under 18) - ​​Prize: Bespoke Partridges Hamper filled with delicious treats;

  • Adults – Prize: Bespoke Partridges Hamper including Partridges Chelsea Flower Gin;

  • Businesses – Prize: Bespoke Partridges Sharing Hamper including Partridges Champagne.

All winners will also receive a Partridges Certificate and the overall ‘Best Chelsea Bun Baker 2020’ will be awarded a £100 Gift Voucher from Merci Maman

Bonus Prize - An invitation to learn all about chocolate in an after-work Chocolate Truffles & Bonbons Demonstration at Le Cordon Bleu London will be awarded to an additional standout entry. 


Michelin Star Chef Phil Howard

Owner of Elystan Street, Chelsea

Phil’s life as a chef started at Roux Restaurants in 1988, having decided not to pursue a career in Microbiology, a degree which he attained at the University of Kent. From there he moved on to train under Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s and Simon Hopkinson at Bibendum.

He opened The Square with Nigel Platts Martin in 1991 and remained at the helm for 25 years – with his food enjoying huge consumer success and great critical acclaim holding two Michelin stars for 17 years. In 2016 Phil Howard and Rebecca Mascarenhas opened Elystan Street in Chelsea and in 2019 it was awarded a Michelin star.

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History of The Chelsea Bun

Chelsea Buns are a type of currant bun traditionally made from a rich yeast dough flavoured with lemon peel, cinnamon or mixed spice. The first Chelsea Bun was created around 1700 by Richard Hand, proprietor of The Old Chelsea Bun House, who was apparently known as Captain Bun!

The Chelsea Bun House, which was demolished in 1839, is thought to have been located between Pimlico Green and Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea and was famous for its Chelsea Buns. It also did a roaring trade in hot cross buns at Easter and was patronised by customers including King George II, King George III and their families.


About Partridges

The independent family-run food store was founded in 1972 in Sloane Square and in 1994 was granted a Royal Warrant as Grocers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

In 1998 a second Partridges shop opened on Gloucester Road, West London and in 2004 the original shop was relocated to Duke of York Square, Chelsea where it includes a wine bar and café with a terrace and indoor seating.

In 2014 Partridges launched Startisans to help ‘Start-Up Food & Drink’ artisans and operates pop-up Shepherd’s Markets around London including the vibrant and successful Saturday Market each weekend outside its flagship store on Duke of York Square, Chelsea.

In 2019 Partridges launched the World Chelsea Bun Awards to revive the baking of Chelsea Buns in the area and help raise funds and awareness of The Children’s Surgery Foundation Charity.


For Charity

The Children's Surgery Foundation

All donations are going to The Children’s Surgery Foundation to help support children undergoing surgery at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. The Charity works throughout the UK to advance innovation in Paediatric Surgery through the provision of technology, training and research.




Under 18's

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Last Year's Awards


Contact Us

Partridges, World Chelsea Bun Awards 2020

We would love to hear from you so do please get in touch.



Partridges, 2-5 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
Store Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 9pm.

Partridges Café Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 5pm


Every Saturday 10am – 4pm

(In line with Government guidelines the Saturday market is temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak)


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