Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest

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The 2018 Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest from General Mills Foodservice is back and bigger than ever before! We're awarding 5 regional recipe winners, increasing our prize packages and adding more local publicity to celebrate independent “neighborhood” restaurants and the one-of-a-kind dishes that reflect their local flavor.

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Contest Details

Enter your prize-worthy appetizer, entrée or dessert recipe using one eligible General Mills product between March 1–April 30, 2018. Five Regional Winners will be awarded $5,000 cash, $1,000 for a charity of their choice, a Hometown Celebration Event and a publicity package–total value of $20,000. On top of this, one Regional Winner will be awarded the Grand Prize, receiving an additional $25,000 cash, $4,000 charitable donation and trip for two to Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival!

Regional Prizes

Five Regional Winners will receive:

  • $5,000 cash
  • $1,000 donation to a charity of their choice
  • Hometown Celebration Event that will take place at the Winner’s restaurant or food truck
  • Publicity package worth up to $15,000

Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Regional Winner’s Prize is $21,000

See past winners.

Grand Prize

One Regional Winner will be awarded the Grand Prize and will receive an additional $25,000 cash and $5,000 for a charity of their choice, for a total prize package of:


Foodservice operators, chefs and line cooks who are 21 years of age or older and work at an independent restaurant or food truck with 19 or fewer units are eligible to enter. Read full eligibility requirements in the contest rules.

How to Enter

  1. Select an eligible product. Try out multiple products with the rebate for $50 off of one case of product.
  2. Plan your recipe. List the ingredients, measurements and detail the preparation steps that make your recipe a winner. Include garnishes and any other detail you want to be considered by the judges.
  3. Create your account. Answer a few key questions about you and your restaurant so that we can confirm eligibility. Once you have your account set up, you can sign in and start your recipe entry – then come back later to complete and submit.
  4. Submit your recipe between March 1-April 30, 2018. You will receive an email confirmation when your recipe is officially onto the judging stage. Stay up-to-date during the judging stage by following us on Facebook. Come mid-July, we hope you’ll be on the other end of the phone when we call the 5 regional recipe winners!

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Tools for Entry

Tools for Entry

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Previous Winners

Previous Winners

Get inspired from the past Neighborhood to Nation winners and their creative recipes.

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Contest open to independent restaurant and food truck operators only.
Click here for Official Contest Rules