Introducing the Winners of the 2017 Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest.

Meet the people behind the prize-winning recipes. These neighborhood chefs transformed our products in ways that amazed and impressed the judges. Read their stories, learn about their establishments and see what inspired them to victory.

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Grand Prize Winner

Chef Jennifer Shearer, Press Bistro

Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Jennifer makes the menu at Press Bistro, a restaurant she opened in 2013. It quickly became one of the most popular restaurants in Johnstown, and her commitment to offering an inspiring dining experience to the area has helped revitalize the city’s central business district. Known for melding different flavors and ethnic cuisine, Jennifer also plans to launch a microbrewery.

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First Place Winner

Dessert

Chef Michael Minden, Michael V’s Restaurant & Bar

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Michael’s culinary journey has taken him all over the southern regions of the country, including stops in Texas, Alabama and Florida. He now calls Tulsa home, where his well-traveled influences have led to his own restaurant with a menu that features classic cuisine with a twist. He also enjoys baking almost everything in-house in order to share his incredible experiences through food.

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Dessert

Chef Michael Minden, Michael V’s Restaurant & Bar

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Michael’s culinary journey has taken him all over the southern regions of the country, including stops in Texas, Alabama and Florida. He now calls Tulsa home, where his well-traveled influences have led to his own restaurant with a menu that features classic cuisine with a twist. He also enjoys baking almost everything in-house in order to share his incredible experiences through food.

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Breakfast

Second Place Winner

Chef Carrie Hudson, West Egg Café

Atlanta, Georgia

An attendee of the Art Institute of Atlanta for Culinary Arts, Carrie revels in delighting with food that brings joy. Now, as pastry chef at West Egg Café, a southern comfort oasis in Atlanta, Carrie brings her loves for baking, farmers markets and seasonal produce together to come up with new, exciting flavor combinations for her famous hand pies.

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Second Place Winner

Chef Carrie Hudson, West Egg Café

Atlanta, Georgia

An attendee of the Art Institute of Atlanta for Culinary Arts, Carrie revels in delighting with food that brings joy. Now, as pastry chef at West Egg Café, a southern comfort oasis in Atlanta, Carrie brings her loves for baking, farmers markets and seasonal produce together to come up with new, exciting flavor combinations for her famous hand pies.

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Meet the 2017 Category Honorable Mentions

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Honorable Mention

Chef Rebecca Alarcon, The Richmond Arms Pub

Houston, Texas

From waitress beginnings to culinary education to international cooking flair, Rebecca brings her vast experience to a soccer-crazed pub.

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Honorable Mention

Chef Rebecca Alarcon, The Richmond Arms Pub

Houston, Texas

From waitress beginnings to culinary education to international cooking flair, Rebecca brings her vast experience to a soccer-crazed pub.

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Dessert

Honorable Mention

Chef Dennis Chan, Blue Bamboo

Jacksonville, Florida

With a focus on creative Asian cuisine, Blue Bamboo brings the perfect blend of traditional and modern to form a hip, Asian comfort menu.

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Honorable Mention

Chef Dennis Chan, Blue Bamboo

Jacksonville, Florida

With a focus on creative Asian cuisine, Blue Bamboo brings the perfect blend of traditional and modern to form a hip, Asian comfort menu.

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Breakfast

Honorable Mentions

Donal Clark, Millers Seawall Grill

Galveston, Texas

A finalist three years in a row, Donal continues to impress with his expansive menu of comfort food and classic Southern favorites.

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Honorable Mentions

Donal Clark, Millers Seawall Grill

Galveston, Texas

A finalist three years in a row, Donal continues to impress with his expansive menu of comfort food and classic Southern favorites.

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