20th Dec 2011 - 00:00
A Brooklands College student impressed judges enough at the UK final of an international sandwich competition to win it and go forward now to compete for the in-house â€˜world titleâ€™ next year.
Emily Smith from the Surrey college competed against five other regional finalists from Wales, London, Liverpool and Leeds in the UK final of the DÃ©lifrance Sandwich World Cup held in Wigston. Her peppered beef and gherkin sandwich was judged to be the most innovative, tasty and cost-effective. The 18-year-old will represent the UK at the grand final at the DÃ©lifrance Bakery School (Ecole de Boulangerie) in Paris on February 14 when eight international entrants from France to Japan will present their sandwiches before a panel of international culinary experts. DÃ©lifrance judges at the UK final were Lucy Pickersgill, Head of Foodservice, SÃ©bastian Boulanger, NPD Manager and CÃ©line Boudet, former catering manager. "Twenty four entrants from across the country have displayed a real depth of talent in culinary creativity around the humble sandwich," said Pickersgill. "Emily's peppered beef and gherkin creation went up against very innovative sandwiches such as a hummus and roast vegetable Ciabattina so congratulations to Emily for her winning recipe." David Mizon, regional judge and general secretary of the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees (ABST) said: "The calibre of entries from all five UK catering and bakery colleges has been inspiring." DÃ©lifrance UK managing director Ian Dobbie, said: "Huge congratulations to Emily â€“ she has competed against an elite and clearly demonstrated what a wealth of talent we have in the UK. "These are incredibly exciting times for the sandwich industry and we look forward to competing on an international level."