Two city chefs are amongst 30 hopefuls heading to London on Thursday in a bid to be named ‘Sandwich Designer of the Year’.
Ricky Bliss and Elliot Cantrell, from Milton Keynes based Adelie Foods ,won through the regional heats to secure a coveted place in the final and will be put through their paces as they bid to re-create the sandwiches that caught the judges’ eye the first time around.
The annual event, which has become one of the highlights of the British Sandwich Week calendar, will see some of the brightest stars of the sandwich industry gather to showcase their talent.
Whilst creativity is key Ricky and Elliott also have to be able to, convince the judging panel, which includes a number of former winners along with other high profile industry figures, that their sandwiches are also commercially viable.
British Sandwich Association Director Jim Winship explains, the quality of the competition has never been so high. He said: “Every year we are blown away by the standard of the entries and this year is no exception, the regional heats have set the bar very high and I know it is going to be incredibly hard to pick an overall winner from such a strong field.
“The finalists range from owner/managers of local cafes and sandwich bars to development chef’s from some of the UK’s leading food manufacturers so we really have representatives from all aspects of our industry.”