The Neighborhood to Nation™ Recipe Contest is back bigger and better than ever, giving independent family or “neighborhood” restaurants and food trucks the chance to win up to $80,000 in cash and prizes and bring hometown pride to their own communities. For the fourth year, General Mills Foodservice is celebrating independent restaurant operators and seeking out recipes for the one-of-a-kind dishes that showcase their local flavor.
The only foodservice recipe contest of its kind, the 2018 Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest will honor five Regional Recipe Winners who will each receive $5,000 in cash and an additional $1,000 to share with a charity of their choice in their community. One of the five regional winners will also be named the Grand Prize Recipe Winner and receive an additional $25,000 in cash and $5,000 to share with a local charity as well as a three-day trip for two to the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival.
General Mills will travel to each of the Regional Recipe Winners’ hometowns to bring the contest excitement to their doorstep. The winners’ staff, customers and community will all be invited to a special check presentation/celebratory event that will take place at their restaurant in August after the winners are announced. The contest is open to foodservice operators, chefs and line cooks who develop and prepare recipes for menu items served at independent, commercial restaurants or food trucks.
Until April 30, 2018, participants may log on to www.neighborhoodtonation.com to submit recipes for an appetizer, entrée or dessert but they must use one ingredient from General Mills Foodservice’s participating brands: Pillsbury™(biscuits, puff pastry and pie dough), Gold Medal™(baking mixes), Yoplait®(yogurt) and Mountain High®(yogurt). Recipes will be judged based on taste, appearance, creativity and foodservice viability.
Five Regional Recipe Winners (representing the West, North Central, South Central, Northeast and Southeast) will be announced in August as well as the Grand Prize Recipe Winner. Past winners include Jennifer Shearer of PRESS Bistro in Johnstown, PA / Michael Minden of Michael V's Restaurant & Bar in Tulsa, OK/ Carrie Hudson of West Egg Cafe in Atlanta, GA in 2017.
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