Each category in the British Sandwich Designer of the Year Award is a competition in its own right and has a specified sponsor’s product.

Contestants were asked to submit one recipe in a minimum of two categories and in each case, the recipes were required to showcase the sponsor's product, together with other complimentary ingredients of their choice, making a creative, innovative and commercially viable sandwich. Contestants could enter all six categories, submitting a maximum of two recipes in each category.

This year's competition categories are: