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Guest Judges

The World Chelsea Bun Awards Bake-Off Competition has been judged by some outstanding local chefs and personalities. 

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Guest Chef Judge 

Regis Negrier

Group Executive Pastry Chef at Corbin & King, including Colbert in Chelsea 

Regis started his career in France working in boulangeries, patisseries and Michelin-starred restaurants. He has worked extensively throughout the world in Lausanne, Milan, Mauritius, Frankfurt, Seoul and Beijing working for the Forte, Hilton and Kempinski groups. In August 2005, Regis joined Corbin & King as Head Pastry Chef for The Wolseley. He is now based at The Delaunay in the same role and has since established the Pastry team for the Group, too.

Guest Judges 
2022 & 2023
Lady Sophie Windsor & Jane Asher

Patrons of The Children's Surgery Foundation

Sophie, Lady Frederick Windsor became the Royal Patron of The Children's Surgery Foundation in 2019. In her professional life as an actress, Sophie is known by her maiden name Sophie Winkleman and says... "The amazing interventions this foundation suggests and then funds to make a sick children's lives less painful and harrowing is nothing short of inspirational. Of course, when a child‘s experience is improved the whole family’s stress is alleviated."

Actress, author and cake expert Jane Asher has been a patron of The Children's Surgery Foundation for many years and 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."

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Guest Chef Judge 
2019 & 2020
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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