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General Mills Foodservice is calling on independent family restaurants to enter its Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest for a chance to win up to $50,000 ($40,000 cash plus a $10,000 charitable donation) and the opportunity to put their local dishes in the national spotlight. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, restaurants can submit their original breakfast, entrée or dessert recipes or create a new special that uses at least one ingredient from General Mills’ list of eligible products.
Three category winners will be selected from which, two will each be awarded a $10,000 first prize, and one will earn the Grand Prize: $40,000 cash and a $10,000 donation to a local charity.
The “Neighborhood to Nation” recipe contest is open to foodservice operators, chefs and line cooks at independent family dining restaurants. According to a press release from General Mills, the contest is intended to inspire culinary creativity, giving operators an opportunity to experiment with high quality and consistent products as well as access to trend information, insights and ideas.
Recipe submissions must include at least one ingredient from one of General Mills Foodservice’s participating brands: Pillsbury (biscuits), Gold Medal (baking mixes) and Yoplait (yogurt). Entrants can receive one $20 rebate for each recipe submission, up to a maximum of one rebate per participating brand during the entry period. The recipe contest ends Sept. 30.
Entries will be judged based on taste, appearance, creativity and foodservice viability. The top 15 finalists and recipes will be announced in February.