Susan Yarnell, who is the manager of Southport-based café A Great Little Place has been shortlisted for her sandwich design skills at the Café Life Awards held at The Lunch! exhibition on Wednesday 21 September.

Yarnell made the cut thanks to her ‘Jewel Studded Whipped Feta with Nectarine, Lime and Mini Salsa’ entry.

The café specialises in making a difference to the lives of people with autism. It is a social enterprise operated by Autism Ventures, a subsidiary of the charity Autism Initiatives UK.

The business offers work experience to people with autism, which helps them develop work, behavioural and social skills.

The Café Life awards, which are about recognising and celebrating the café sector in the UK, showcase excellence and encourage innovation.

This year, head judge and celebrity chef Theo Randall will be helping to judge Yarnell’s delicious offering at the Grand Final.

Yarnell said: “I’m thrilled to make it to the finals of this national competition – it is a great boost for the charity to know our ‘great little places’ are recognised alongside market leaders in our field.”

Earlier this month, Pan’Artisan will be focusing on its handcrafted Focaccia Romana at this year’s Lunch! exhibition.