Hospitality Business Magazine

It’s toastie competition time again!

Do you think your restaurant, bar, café, hole in the wall eatery or food truck has what it takes to make a competition worthy toasted sandwich?

The Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover, New Zealand’s only national toasted sandwich competition is back for a fifth consecutive year and organisers, Cook  & Nelson are working hard behind the scenes to get ready for this year’s delicious entries!

There are, of course, a few competition rules. Each toastie creation must be sandwiched between two slices of bread and able to be eaten by hand if necessary.

The toasted sandwich must also contain cheese (vegan cheese substitutes accepted) and some tasty morsels from the McClure’s Pickles range. Everything else is up to the toastie maker’s imagination.

Each entry must be on the establishment’s menu for the full duration of the competition (mid-April to end of May) and be available to customers during lunch hours. 

Like previous years, each toastie will be scored on a set criteria, including presentation, effectiveness of preparation technique, eatability, taste, innovation, and originality.

The entries are whittled down to 12 finalists who are again judged by a national judge who determines the supreme winner. 

All finalists will receive a case or pail of McClure’s pickles and a set amount of dine-in vouchers which will be given away to locals via social media.

The supreme winner will walk away with a year’s worth of pickles, another set amount of dine-in vouchers, a toastie trophy and, most importantly, bragging rights to the best toasted sandwich in the country.

Entry is free so register your interest today or request more information by emailing