September 13, 2013

Mal Gill 2013 Australian Sandwich King

The Australasian Sandwich Association (ASA) today announced that Mal Gill, former My Kitchen Rules contestant and owner of Lady Marmalade Café and newly opened Shady Palms Café in Brisbane has been selected as the best sandwich maker in the country, following his victory in the Great Australian Sandwich competition at this year’s Fine Food show in Sydney.

Competing against five of the best sandwich makers from across the country, Mal clinched the title with his unique take on what makes a great sandwich. Key to Mal’s victory was the creative flair and originality of his menu, which included a Berbere spiced shredded beef brisket wrap and a San Fran Chicken triple decker toasted sandwich.

‘’It has been a great experience competing in the final and there were some very impressive creations on display from the other contestants, so I’m feeling extremely honoured to have taken out the competition,” said Mr Gill.

The Great Australian Sandwichship saw each of the six contestants race against the clock to produce a toasted sandwich, wrap, lunch roll and creative entry. Contestants were judged on presentation, innovation, commercial viability, taste and the explanation of their entries to the judging panel.

The winners for the each category and their winning sandwiches were:image006

  • Best wrap: Mal Gill – Berbere spiced beef brisket wrap with beetroot hommus, methe, smashed sweet potato and bitter leaves (pictured right).
  • Best toasted sandwich: Mal Gil – San Fran Chicken triple decker with maple bacon butter, fried egg, gooey cheese and green goddess dressing, served with pretzels and Shady Pickles (pictured top).
  • Best lunch roll: Beck Saul from Lady Marmalade Café – Portuguese chicken, chorizo, smashed peas, feta, mint, almonds and Harissa mayo.
  • Best creative sandwich: Adam Pruckner from Code Black – Sautéed peas, pulled pork and fresh mint on multigrain toast with smokey aioli, a potato rosti and poached egg.

‘The high level of talent and creativity from the contestants is some of the best we have seen yet”, said Graeme McCormack, Executive Director of the Australasian Sandwich Association. ‘This is our third year running the competition and each year I’m amazing just how much contestants have raised the bar with their creative takes on the humble sandwich.

The Great Australian Sandwichship is the only foodservice competition of its kind in Australia:  it seeks to highlight the work of Australia’s true lunch-time heroes – café workers and sandwich makers – and see who can create the best sandwich.

The Great Australian Sandwichship is proudly sponsored by leading international food companies, including Tip Top Foodservice, Fonterra, Prontier and Heinz.

Source: Sydney, 11 September 2013 The Australasian Sandwich Association:

The Australasian Sandwich Association (ASA) is a membership based industry organisation which offers a platform of key services and resources, aimed at bringing the café and sandwich sectors together. The ASA’s core objective is to promote and celebrate the sandwich sector and industry throughout Australasia. The ASA focuses on industry issues and liaises with government and other regulatory bodies in order to achieve the most desired outcome for the café and sandwich industry as a whole. For more information:

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