Competition Details 2022
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
and/or email us your photograph using the link below, especially if your Instagram is private as we won't be able to see it.
We also invite all entrants to make a donation to this year's chosen charity, The Children's Surgery Foundation.
Entry Deadline: 5pm on Saturday 14th May 2022
Enter your Chelsea 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 Bun Gin;
All winners will also receive a Partridges Certificate, a World Chelsea Bun Awards Winners’ Apron from Initially London and the overall winner will become ‘Best Chelsea Bun Baker 2022’.
Welcome to the World Chelsea Bun Awards
Bake-Off Competition 2022 Hosted by Partridges in Celebration of World Chelsea Bun Day
In May 2022 Royal Warrant Holder, Partridges of Sloane Square, is hosting the fourth annual World Chelsea Bun Awards to celebrate World Chelsea Bun Day. The World Chelsea Bun Awards Bake-Off Competition will once again be held online and is FREE to enter.
This year's judges include Lady Sophie Windsor, and actress and cake expert Jane Asher, who are patrons of The Children’s Surgery Foundation, a Chelsea Pensioner and John Shepherd, owner and Managing Director of Partridges.
Photographs of the Chelsea Buns should be received no later than 5pm on Saturday 14th May and the winners will be announced during the week of Partridges 50th Birthday on Wednesday 25th May 2022. The images will be displayed at Partridges 50th Anniversary Party which is being held towards the end of the year. The competition is free to enter but entrants are requested to make a donation to this year's chosen charity, The Children's Surgery Foundation which supports babies, children, and their families in need of surgery through the provision of equipment, training and research.
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 fourth year running and hope they will once again revive the baking of Chelsea Buns in the area and around the world as well as raise funds and awareness for our chosen charity, The Children's Surgery Foundation.
As a judge of this year’s online competition, I am very much looking forward to seeing the range and variety of Chelsea Buns which are entered. We are hoping to receive entries from all over the country and all over the world and I expect that people will add popular local ingredients as well as ingredients which match their own dietary preferences and creative twists, resulting in a rich assortment of Chelsea Buns.”
Jane Asher says... “This wonderful charity is very close to my heart: it does so much to alleviate the potential pain and distress involved when little ones have to go through the trauma of surgery. Baking some delicious Chelsea Buns is a delightful way of raising money to enable us to do more, and I hope lots of you will join us in having a go.”
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.
The independent family-run food store was founded in 1972 in Sloane Square and this year is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. In 1994 it was granted a Royal Warrant as Grocers to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.
In 1998 a second Partridges shop opened on Gloucester Road, Kensington and in 2004 the original shop was relocated to Duke of York Square, Chelsea where it offers outdoor seating.
In 2014 Partridges launched 'Startisans' to help ‘Start-Up Food & Drink’ artisans and operates the vibrant and successful Saturday Market each weekend near 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 for a local charity.
2019 - 2022
The Children's Surgery Foundation
Entrants are requested to make a donation to The Children’s Surgery Foundation to support its debut campaign which aims to ensure that intravenous access is a more efficient and less intimidating procedure for young patients and their families. The charity is hoping to raise sufficient funds to purchase an ultrasound vein finder for every paediatric surgical department in the UK.
Previously known as the Chelsea Children’s Hospital Charity, the charity works in partnership with the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons.
PARTRIDGES FLAGSHIP STORE LOCATION & OPENING HOURS:
Partridges, 2-5 Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4LY
Store Opening Hours: Daily 8am – 10pm.
DUKE OF YORK SQUARE FINE FOOD MARKET:
Saturdays 10am – 4pm