Kingsclere chef wins national sandwich award

A Kingsclere chef is the best thing since sliced ​​bread after winning top prize in the Sandwich Designer of the Year competition.

Susannah Montgomery, New Product Developer at Soho Sandwich Co, was honored for her sandwich inspired by the Japanese word “oishii” which means “delicious” and “tasty” and aptly named The Oishii Sando.

Combining H Smith steamed whole chicken breast, miso-lime mayonnaise, edamame bean and spring onion crush, and pickled carrots, on thick milk bread coated in black sesame, it’s not hard to see why the judges were so impressed.

Mrs. Montgomery with her winning sandwich (56638091)

The winners were revealed by celebrity chef Theo Randall and comedian Jo Caulfield at a gala evening at the Royal Lancaster in London.

The contest is one of the highlights of the British Sandwich & Food to Go Industry Awards, or ‘The Sammies’, the Grammys of the sandwich world.

This year’s entries were unboxed, sampled and judged by a panel of industry experts, including Mr. Randall, sandwich guru Max Halley and industry heavyweights James Newton-Brown (M&S) and Marta Pogroszewska (Gail’s Bakery).

The Oishii Sando (56638093)
The Oishii Sando (56638093)

Speaking of the award, which was in the H Smith category, Ms Montgomery said, “I am so proud that such an esteemed panel of judges chose my product as the winner.

“Competition is strong and every year there are groundbreaking innovations, so I’m thrilled to be recognized as a part of that.”

Ms Montgomery attended St Gabriel’s in Newbury, before continuing her studies in food science and nutrition at the University of Leeds.

She then completed a year of internship at Dr Oetker in the development of new products, which confirmed the direction she wanted to give to her career.

Ms Montgomery with Andrew Smith, senior sales executive at H. Smith (left) and celebrity chef Theo Randall
Ms Montgomery with Andrew Smith, senior sales executive at H. Smith (left) and celebrity chef Theo Randall

She went straight into a product developer role, creating sauces, mayonnaise and chutneys that typically went into retail take-out food products.

This led her to her current position at Soho Sandwich Company as New Product Development Manager.

Jim Winship, director of the British Sandwich & Food to Go Association, said: “What we tasted at this event were no ordinary sandwiches.

“With ingredients like duck confit, mashed potatoes, cronuts, and bacon and banana (together), our chefs push the boundaries of creativity in everyone’s favorite staple.

“We had some really great sandwiches.

“Susannah’s creation brought bold East Asian flavors with the miso and lime mayonnaise giving it a salty, lemony kick and the lightly pickled carrot balancing that without a touch of sesame oil. .

“Overall this was a very indulgent sandwich and certainly lives up to its name.”

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