We are delighted to announce the categories for this year's Sandwich & Food to Go Designer of the Year Competition. With a prize pot of £5,000 and the ensuing publicity and prestige that comes with winning the Sandwich & Food to Go Designer of the Year title, there has never been a better time to enter.

Recognising the huge rise in the food-to-market we are delighted that this year’s competition can encourage total creativity with the chefs being tasked to make either a sandwich or food-to-go pot in any of the categories.

The British Sandwich Designer of the Year has five categories.

Contestants can enter a minimum of three categories.   In each case, they are invited to create an innovative new sandwich or food to go product using the ingredient specified by the category sponsor.

To help contestants develop their recipes, each entrant will be sent samples of the sponsor’s ingredient to use.  This ingredient must form a key part of the entry but can be combined with other ingredients to create their sandwich entry.

Initially entrants are asked to submit written recipes for judging.   Those considered to be best will then be invited to one of five regional heats in March 2020 where they will be asked to make up their entries in front of a panel of judges.  

The winners of the regional heats will then be invited to the final which will take place on 7th May 2020 at The Royal Lancaster London Hotel where they will again be asked to make up their entries for judging by Celebrity Chef Theo Randall and a panel of industry buyers.

What are the judges are looking for?

The entries will be judged at all stages on their innovative qualities as well as taste and commercial viability. In the healthy category, calories will also be taken into consideration.

Who can enter?

The competitions are open all those working in new product development in the UK sandwich and food to go industry, including those working in sandwich bars, foodservice outlets, retailing and manufacturing.

The Prizes

Every entrant at the final will receive two tickets to the popular British Sandwich and Food to Go Industry Awards (the Sammies) which take place on the same day as the final. In addition the winners of each category will receive £250 and the entrant judged to be the overall winner will be crowned British Sandwich & Food to Go Designer 2020 and will receive an additional cheque for £3,500.

The Categories

Regional Competitions

NORTH EAST - Tuesday 3rd March

Greggs PLC, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

NORTH WEST - Wednesday 4th March

Frank Roberts & Sons Ltd, Northwich, Cheshire

MIDLANDS - Thursday 5th March

TMI Foods Ltd, Northampton 

SOUTH EAST (LONDON) - Wednesday 1th March

Venue to be confirmed

SOUTH WEST (BRISTOL) - Thursday 12th March

National Catering Equipment Centre, Bristol