Nellsar Jubilee Dessert competition winners announced

A dessert fit for a Queen

As part of our recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we ran a fun competition across our Nellsar Homes to see who could create the most magnificent Jubilee dessert, fit for a Queen!

We challenged our Recreation and Well-Being Teams and Chefs to collaborate with their residents to reminisce about favourite puddings they’ve enjoyed in the past and come up with something special for the long weekend.

Viv Stead, Nellsar Recreation and Well-Being Manager and Head of Catering Services Adrian Silaghi had great pleasure in judging the entries last week.

The three judging criteria were:

Creativity – How well the Jubilee theme had been executed.

Collaboration – How well our staff teams had worked together and included their residents.

Presentation – How eye-catching and well-presented the desserts looked.

The results

FIRST PRIZE (£200) – Sonya Lodge Residential Care Home

There were no less than six entries from this fabulous team – Jubilee Jellies, a Victoria Sandwich, a Royal Carrot Cake, Biscoff Cheesecake, a Caramel and White Chocolate Trifle and a Union Jack Chocolate Cake! They included the whole team and many talented residents – their creations are colourful, imaginative and it looked like every one of them was made with love and a lot of fun! The judges could see how seriously they took the competition and took a whole home approach, including everybody. Congratulations Sonya Lodge!

Sonya Lodge’s beautiful desserts


SECOND PRIZE (£100) – St Winifreds Care Home

A great team effort and their residents were involved from start to finish with their magnificent Tiered Jubilee Cake. They also made a stunning Sherry Trifle – very artistic!

St Winifreds themed cake and trifle

THIRD PRIZE (£50) – Princess Christian Care Home

Cosmin’s Cooking Club members made delicious Rocky Road treats, dedicated to her Majesty which motivated all those involved. Residents enjoyed receiving Cooking Club certificates and badges as part of the fun! Chef Assistant Paul was also commended for his chocolate lava cake and Chef Cosmin created a very regal Victoria sponge in glass. Yum!

Princess Christian’s Rocky Road treats

Princess Christian’s chocolate lave cake and Jubilee sponge in a glass


All our runners up also deserve huge praise for their creativity:

  • Abbotsleigh Care Home created a layered Victoria Sponge Cake.
  • Hengist Field Care Home made a Jubilee Sherry Trifle with biscuit crowns.
  • Loose Valley Care Home made a Royal Eton mess Dessert Trolley and personalised Jubilee Cake.
  • Silverpoint Court Residential Care Home entered a Traditional English Jubilee Trifle.

Viv commented; “The skill and passion put into every one of the dishes clearly made them fit for a queen. All Homes that entered a dessert were winners in our eyes!”

Well done to everybody who took part and made the Jubilee celebrations a great success across all of our Homes.