In 2012 my twin enthusiasms for design and baking got the better of me, when I was invited to design and run a competition for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fair in Battersea Park. I invented a competition between engineers applying their knowledge to the materials of baking. Four of Britain’s top engineering firms took up the challenge, and I was left to supervise their efforts, source the ingredients at no cost, and MC the event on the day along with the irrepressible Andrew Martin – inevitably the rain came down just before they finished, the Queen had to judge in haste under umbrellas, but the crowds stayed to watch and were rewarded with giant lumps of chocolate crispy cake to consume, when the wrecking crews moved in at the end of a long day.

Buro Happold team triumphant

Buro Happold team triumphant

Buro Happold lay the foundations

Buro Happold lay the foundations

Arup's logistical nightmare

Arup's logistical nightmare

A lot of leftovers

A lot of leftovers

All done with Cheerios and chocolate

All done with Cheerios and chocolate

Arup in trouble

Arup in trouble

corporate branding

corporate branding

failed prototype

failed prototype

glorious leftovers!

glorious leftovers!

If I were Queen...

If I were Queen...

mixing chocolate mortar

mixing chocolate mortar

Paul Wayne Gregory's gilded chocolate crown

Paul Wayne Gregory's gilded chocolate crown

quality control on BH bricks

quality control on BH bricks

the winner with prize

the winner with prize

Well earned prize winners

Well earned prize winners

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