A chicken and pistachio sandwich made by a chef from Lebanon was named the ‘best sandwich in the world’ at the recent Délifrance International Sandwich Competition, which was held at Lyon’s Sandwich and Snack Show.

Six nations competed for the title at the international final of the Délifrance Sandwich World Cup, with Samer Baaklini of Lebanon scooping the top prize for his chicken and pistachio ‘sablet’ on ciabatta bread.

During the competition, chefs from France, Germany, Sweden, Lebanon, Belgium and the UK were asked to demonstrate the creation of a sandwich using Délifrance bread that was original, nutritional, quick and easy to prepare.

The UK’s represetnative Ian Jones, senior sous chef at the Marriott Hotel and Country Club in Worsley Park, came fourth with a focaccia filled with crab meat, fresh mayonnaise and watercress.

Ian Dobbie, MD of Délifrance UK, said: “The competition this year was incredibly high and we are extremely proud of Ian and his impressive performance in front of a panel of highly acclaimed judges and television cameras.  The Lebanon entry already holds the HORECA 2009 title for Most Creative Sandwich in the Middle East so we were beaten by a worthy opponent and look forward to 2013.”

The UK has twice held the global title of ‘best sandwich maker in the world’ – in 2005 with Birmingham chef Edward Antonini’s exotic spicy American chicken panini and in 2009 Exeter chef Seth Ward clinched the title with his Rustic Ruby sandwich.