The secrets of a great sandwich are born and bread in Norfolk

Maids Head Hotel Great Norfolk Sandwich competition. City College competitors, left to right, Jamie

Maids Head Hotel Great Norfolk Sandwich competition. City College competitors, left to right, Jamie Harris-Shaw, Justin Gallant, Jacob Wiseman and Florin Stoian, who is Debut Restaurant supervisor and stood in for student Ryan Gotts.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

What makes a great Norfolk sandwich? That is what aspiring young chefs had to determine for a competition at a city hotel.

Maids Head Hotel Great Norfolk Sandwich competition. The winner, Justin Gallant.Picture: ANTONY KELL

Maids Head Hotel Great Norfolk Sandwich competition. The winner, Justin Gallant.Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Four students from City College Norwich were tasked with creating the perfect Norfolk sandwich using only local ingredients.

They used everything from Cromer crab to Colman's Mustard to put together their individual dishes in the Masterchef-style challenge.

A panel of judges at the Maids Head Hotel then rated each sandwich, with the winner having their creation added to its menu next month. Judge Candi Robertson, from Candi's Chutney near Holt, said: 'It has all been a very good standard and it is what you would expect from city college.

'There is so much great produce within Norfolk and it is nice to see that at their age they have an understanding that regional produce is the best.'


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Yesterday's competition was put together by the hotel and the college to mark British Sandwich Week, which runs until May 14.

It involved first-year professional cookery and food and beverage service students, all aged 16 to 17.

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After choosing their ingredients they got to work at the hotel's kitchen under the watchful eye of tutor Florin Stoian.

Justin Gallant, 16, from Blofield, was eventually crowned the winner for his barbecue pulled pork and Norfolk Dapple sandwich.

From next month it will be included in the hotel's set menu.

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