Taverham cook’s dessert could be sold exclusively by Sainsbury’s during Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend

Preparations for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee are currently being made around the country but a Taverham woman could be seeing her tribute enjoyed by people all over the country.

Margaret Paul, of Shooters Close, has been crowned the East Anglia winner of the Bramley Diamond Dishes competition for her Bramley Apple and Vanilla Cheesecake, and could eventually see her dessert go on sale at Sainsbury's supermarkets.

The competition Margaret had entered was held to find an exclusive dessert to be sold by Sainsbury's during the Diamond Jubilee weekend at the start of June.

Margaret, 51, is a cook at Drayton Old Lodge restaurant and is already well known for her culinary skills locally after her rosemary, raisin and vanilla scones won the freestyle category at Wroxham Barns's fifth annual scone competition last September.

All entries for the competition were put through a tough judging panel of food experts, including food critic, Prue Leith, representatives from Sainsbury's, The Craft Guild of Chefs and The Bramley Campaign to decide a shortlist of six regional winning recipes.

The recipes are now facing a public vote on the Bramley Facebook page this week, through until Sunday, which the company has declared Bramley Apple Week.

Margaret said: 'It would be fantastic to win. I'm pleased to have just got this far though. I've entered a lot of competitions like this before but I've never won one where I have actually made something before.'

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The winning dish will then go on sale exclusively in Sainsbury's supermarkets in time for the extended Diamond Jubilee weekend, from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, June 5.

Prue Leith, food critic and judge for the competition, said: 'I was delighted to judge the Bramley Diamond Dishes competition which brings together the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and that most British of classic ingredients, the Bramley apple.

'The competition inspired a fresh look at the potential of such an iconic British ingredient. There's a lot more to the Bramley than apple sauce.'

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