Meet the 2016 Recipe Winners

Discover how three creative chefs from independent restaurants turned General Mills Foodservice products into winning recipes that wowed their guests and our judges. Get inspired by their stories, their recipes and see how these restaurants are reaching new heights of success.

Breakfast

Grand Prize Winner

Christina Halstead, Executive Chef at Café @ Williams Hardware

Travelers Rest, South Carolina

As Executive Chef, Christina Halstead believes in serving up big flavor at this small town café. After spending years in the front of house, her love of cooking took over and she now creates the popular menu of this local treasure. Trained by chefs of different culinary and ethnic backgrounds, Christina most enjoys creating dishes with unique flavors.

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First Place Winner

Dan Duris, Co-Owner and Chef of the Gypsy Café

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Dan Duris’ Gypsy Café is an eclectic mix of local charm and global flavors. Indonesian, Mediterranean, Ethiopian and Asian cuisines are uniquely combined on his innovative menu. Dan’s creativity extends beyond food. He restaurant is also an expression of his artistry as seen in the intricate tile mosaics that adorn his café.

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First Place Winner

Dan Duris, Co-Owner and Chef of the Gypsy Café

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Dan Duris’ Gypsy Café is an eclectic mix of local charm and global flavors. Indonesian, Mediterranean, Ethiopian and Asian cuisines are uniquely combined on his innovative menu. Dan’s creativity extends beyond food. He restaurant is also an expression of his artistry as seen in the intricate tile mosaics that adorn his café.

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Dessert

Second Place Winner

Nancy Butcher, Owner and Chef of Nutcracker 50's Family Restaurant

Pataskala, Ohio

As co-owner of this 50’s style diner, Nancy Butcher and her husband Steve are celebrating over 20 years running this beloved neighborhood restaurant. Nancy’s talent for pie making led her to create her winning recipe. A former member of the Ohio National Guard, Nancy continues to serve her community by offering free meal to veterans twice a year.

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Second Place Winner

Nancy Butcher, Owner and Chef of Nutcracker 50's Family Restaurant

Pataskala, Ohio

As co-owner of this 50’s style diner, Nancy Butcher and her husband Steve are celebrating over 20 years running this beloved neighborhood restaurant. Nancy’s talent for pie making led her to create her winning recipe. A former member of the Ohio National Guard, Nancy continues to serve her community by offering free meal to veterans twice a year.

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2016 Honorable Mentions

These recipes are excellent examples of the talent and innovation that can be found in neighborhood restaurants.

Breakfast Category Winner, Runner Up

About the Creator

Eileen Randman, Chef and Owner of the Café at the Corner

Hapeville, Georgia

For a taste of France, this Paris-trained chef features gourmet lunches and classic desserts at this casual neighborhood corner.

About the Creator

Eileen Randman, Chef and Owner of the Café at the Corner

Hapeville, Georgia

For a taste of France, this Paris-trained chef features gourmet lunches and classic desserts at this casual neighborhood corner.

Entrée Category Winner, Runner Up

About the Creator

Yoshiharu Sogi, Chef and Sommelier at The Zina Lounge

Sonoma, California

Offering a true “wine and food experience,” this elegant spot features a six-course menu that unites the flavors of Japan and France.

About the Creator

Yoshiharu Sogi, Chef and Sommelier at The Zina Lounge

Sonoma, California

Offering a true “wine and food experience,” this elegant spot features a six-course menu that unites the flavors of Japan and France.

Dessert Category Winner, Runner Up

About the Creator

Donal Clark, Owner of Miller’s Seawall Grill

Galveston, Texas

A finalist last year, Donal returns with another inspiring dessert from his award-winning menu of eclectic local favorites.

About the Creator

Donal Clark, Owner of Miller’s Seawall Grill

Galveston, Texas

A finalist last year, Donal returns with another inspiring dessert from his award-winning menu of eclectic local favorites.

Meet The 2015 Recipe Winners

Our 2015 winners continue to turn their contest wins into business building successes.

Entrée

Beylka’s Big Year

Beylka Krupp

Wobble Café, Ossining, NY

From special appearances at local events to speaking at an international food show, 2015 Grand Prize winner Beylka Krupp’s year has been filled with excitement and success. In fact, Beykla has had the opportunity to become an ambassador of neighborhood restaurants in her travels and special appearances.

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Breakfast

Dede Markets Her Winning Recipe

Diane (DeDe) Johnson

Johnson’s Farm, Orange, MA

2015 Finalist Dede Johnson’s winning recipe is now a business-building strategy. By creating special to-go packages of her awarded cake, she created a new revenue stream. Sweet!

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Dede Markets Her Winning Recipe

Diane (DeDe) Johnson

Johnson’s Farm, Orange, MA

2015 Finalist Dede Johnson’s winning recipe is now a business-building strategy. By creating special to-go packages of her awarded cake, she created a new revenue stream. Sweet!

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Dessert

Donal Bakes Up A Best Seller

Donal Clark

Miller's Seawall Grill, Galveston, TX

2015 Finalist Donal Clark has a hit on his hands. His guests just can’t get enough of his winning dessert. Even on his expansive dessert menu, the Pecan Chocolate Ganache Brownie Cake is a popular request.

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Donal Bakes Up A Best Seller

Donal Clark

Miller's Seawall Grill, Galveston, TX

2015 Finalist Donal Clark has a hit on his hands. His guests just can’t get enough of his winning dessert. Even on his expansive dessert menu, the Pecan Chocolate Ganache Brownie Cake is a popular request.

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