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Credit to: Helen Patrikis

If there is one thing that I can relate to with Matt LeBlanc’s character Joey on “Friends”, is that we have an affinity for all things sandwiches.  They are our favorites in many different ways.  Well, what happens when you take the concept of a sandwich, turn it into a full fledged competition with twenty bright and up and coming students, where they compete “Chopped” style to see who can turn out one that is delicious and healthy all at the same time? You get The Sandwich Showdown, which is coming up this Thursday afternoon.

Chef Amy Scherber. Credit to: Helen Patrikis
Chef Amy Scherber. Credit to: Helen Patrikis

Per PR Web- Amy’s Bread is teaming up with an acclaimed New York chef to help underserved children while delighting foodies. The newest offering, part of the Amy’s Bread Chef Sandwiches for Good program, will feature Galen Zamarra and benefit After-School All-Stars (ASAS), which offers enrichment activities for children in low income communities.

In collaboration with top chefs, New York’s Amy’s Bread has found a creative way to help those in need. The Amy’s Bread Chef Sandwiches for Good campaign, launched in March, features a new sandwich each month created by a noted chef who selects a charity to receive a portion of the proceeds. April’s sandwich is the All-Star Turkey Cheddar Melt by Chef Galen Zamarra of Mas (farmhouse) and Almanac.

Along with the introduction of the new sandwich, Amy’s Bread and Chef Zamarra have found a creative way to encourage kids to eat healthy foods. Twenty students will take part in a “Sandwich Showdown” on April 21 at The Dual Language Middle School where, in a race against the clock, they’ll compete to make the best sandwich, using a variety of breads and healthy ingredients. Competitors will also get a lesson on nutrition from Zamarra and Amy’s Bread founder and owner Amy Scherber. The students are part of the ASAS MasterChef program, where they are exposed to new foods through lessons, culinary excursions and guest teachers. The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information and to RSVP to the Sandwich Showdown, contact ASAS at NewarkNY(at)afterschoolallstars(dot)org.

Chef Galan Zamarra. Credit to: Helen Patrikis
Chef Galan Zamarra. Credit to: Helen Patrikis

“I’m honored to partner with Amy’s Bread to support After-School All-Stars,” said Galen Zamarra. “We’re excited to help bring greater awareness of healthy eating to kids in an after-school activity that could potentially lead to a culinary career. The Sandwich Showdown will give the kids an opportunity to work with quality, healthy ingredients in a fun and creative way, and we hope they’ll use that creativity in their own daily lives.”

“We’re humbled and thrilled to have been selected by Chef Galen and Amy’s Bread to participate in such a unique opportunity,” said Dax-Devlon Ross, ASAS NY/NJ Executive Director. “Creative campaigns like this raise much needed awareness for our work and send a positive message to our kids about eating healthy and giving back.”

Food lovers can look forward to more delicious offerings by top chefs. Each sandwich will feature at least one ingredient from The Pantry by Amy’s Bread and be served on Amy’s bread. The sandwiches will be sold at all Amy’s Bread locations as well as at The Pantry by Amy’s Bread. Future offerings will be created by chefs David Bouley, Lynn Bound, Alex Guarnaschelli, Anita Lo, Missy Robbins, Bill Telepan and others to be announced at a later date.

Credit to: Helen Patrikis
Credit to: Helen Patrikis

The All-Star Turkey Cheddar Melt- Chef Galen Zamarra’s sandwich sensation is made with all-natural turkey breast, Vermont sharp cheddar cheese, spinach, tomato and red onion on Amy’s Bread NY State Soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Roll. Adding extra flavor are raspberry jalapeno jam from The Jam Stand and Empire Classic Mayonnaise.

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