Entry to this year's Sandwich & Food to Go Designer of the Year Competition is now closed. We have been inundated with entries from across the UK and the judges are drawing up a shortlist for this year's 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, the stakes are high!

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 & Food to Go Designer of the Year has seven categories.

Contestants enter a minimum of three categories and 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 is sent samples of the sponsor’s ingredient to use.  This ingredient forms 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 and those shortlisted are invited to one of four 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?

Entry for this years' competition is now closed but the competition is held anually and is 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

MIDLANDS - Thursday 5th March

TMI Foods Ltd, Northampton 

SOUTH EAST (LONDON) - Wednesday 11th March

Greencore, West Drayton

SOUTH WEST (BRISTOL) - Thursday 12th March

National Catering Equipment Centre, Bristol