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Despite the snow hitting Highclere Castle, our judges have been able to spend the morning going through the first round of entries. Lady Carnarvon has been joined by Karine Hagen of Viking Cruises and Andrew McKenzie from The Vineyard to start the judging in the dining room, with the assistance of Finse, overlooked by Charles I.

We have been lucky to receive so many entries, allowing us to see everything you have been doing from the USA and Canada to Australia, Norway, and The Netherlands. Some of the entries have brought a tear to the eyes of our judges as you have shown such dedication to not only hosting a wonderful dinner party but donating to PBS and charities all over the world. There have been replicas of the Titanic, amazing photos of the recipes in At Home at Highclere, vintage cars, masquerade balls, Downton Abbey themed parties, and an amazing mix of guests (with the dogs being particularly appreciated by Lady Carnarvon and Karine). All of these amazing things have provided a platform to raise awareness of PBS as well as the opportunity for people to do a little bit extra for charity.

The stories being told through each of your competition entries have provided a wonderful warmth through the icy conditions and thick snow. March will give time for the judges to provide a list of their favourite submissions, for the announcement of the Grand Prize winner to be made in a few weeks time…