• Black bean sliders win US Foods' Next Top Product Contest

Chef Jerrmy Gawthrop of Greenhouse Grille in Fayetteville, Ark., has been named the winner of the second annual US Foods Next Top Product Contest at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.

Gawthrop competed against seven Next Top Product regional winners for the prize, with his black bean sliders clinching the victory. The sliders will join the US Foods product lineup for distribution in 2014, and Gawthrop and the Greenhouse Grille also earned $20,000 in cash and prizes, the news release said.

"The black bean slider was created to fill a void I saw in the market for a healthy, vegetarian burger that also tastes delicious," Gawthrop said. "This recipe has been wildly popular among our customers at the Greenhouse Grille and I'm thrilled that soon chefs nationwide will have a chance to add it to their menus."

The Next Top Product contest invited US Foods customers to submit their favorite bakery, hot appetizer, sauce or dips and spreads recipe. Competitors participated in three rounds of competition, including a social media round seeking online votes from the supporters of the 54 semifinalists. The chefs whose recipes received the most votes in each of the eight regions moved on to the final head-to-head cook-off at the World Food Championships.

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