08/08/2013 04:38 EDT | Updated 10/08/2013 05:12 EDT

ACE Bakery contest seeks out the upper crust of Canada's sandwich makers

TORONTO - Lovers of loaves and hoagie heroes, unite.

For a 20th year, ACE Bakery has returned to its quest to seek out the sovereign of sandwiches, asking Canadians to submit their most innovative recipes to find the one that can reign supreme over commonplace cold cuts and boring BLTs.

One contestant from each of Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada will be selected as the contest's upper crust, winning $1,000 for both themselves and a charity of choice for making the finals.

On Oct. 17, the finalists will be asked to go mano-a-mayo and prepare their recipes in front of a live audience and a panel of judges, which will include Food Network star chef Bob Blumer, food blogger Julie Van Rosendaal and ACE master baker Marcus Mariathas.

With a $10,000 grand prize on the line — with an additional $10,000 to go toward the winner's charity of choice — there will be no margarine for error.

Entries for the contest, which is open now and will close on Sept. 24, can be submitted online at

Last year, Thuy Nguyen won with a lemongrass steak banh mi.