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If you have a question about the Neighborhood to Nation™ Recipe Contest not addressed here, please contact a customer service representative at 1-800-767-5404. You can also visit our Facebook page to ask questions and get contest updates.

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Can I enter more than one recipe into the contest?

Yes, you can submit as many recipe entries as you like.

How do I know that my online entry was accepted?

If your online entry was successfully submitted, you will see the following message after you click the submit button, “Thank you for entering!”

After I submitted my recipe entry, I realized that I made a mistake in the recipe. What should I do?

Once your recipe is submitted, that entry can no longer be changed. Submit a new entry with the correct version of your recipe, including the words “corrected version” in the title of your recipe.

Can I save an entry that I’m working on and then finish it at a later date?

Yes. Upon entering Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest, you will set up an account which allows you to save and come back to your current recipes & submissions.

Can I send a photo of what the recipe should look like?

Yes, you have the chance to submit a photo of your recipe. This is completely optional and will not be counted against you if you do not submit a photo. If you choose to submit a photo, the judges will look at it as part of your recipe submission.

How can I find out how my recipe was rated among the entries?

The volume of entries we receive does not allow us to provide feedback on the evaluation of individual recipes.

My recipe could be entered in two different categories. How do I know which one to choose?

Enter your recipe in the category you think it fits best (appetizer, entrée or dessert). Appetizers can be any small plate and entrees can include breakfast, lunch or dinner recipes.


Can I use multiple eligible products in a single recipe submission?

Yes, but only one eligible product is required. See the Eligible Products page on for a complete listing of products.

I like to offer toppings for my recipe, like sour cream or Parmesan cheese. Do I have to indicate how much of those toppings to use, since each person could add toppings as they like?

Yes, you should indicate suggested amounts in your recipe ingredient list/garnish list and address it in your preparation instructions. This will allow the judges to evaluate the recipe as you intended.

Do I need to list garnishes in my ingredient list?

Yes, any recipe garnish must be listed under the “Garnishes” section of the entry form. Please state the ingredients and amounts per serving—and provide instructions on how to prepare and serve your garnishes. This will allow the judges to evaluate the recipe as intended. You may also upload an image of the final recipe with garnishes, although this is completely optional. A garnish is not a requirement.

If I suggest an accompaniment like rice in my recipe, will the kitchen testers determine that amount?

No, if an accompaniment is needed for your recipe, please include it in your ingredient list indicating the suggested amount and address in your preparation instructions. This will allow testing kitchens to understand your intentions for how the accompaniment goes with your dish.

What if I have a cooking and baking step in my recipe and have multiple pans/times. How should I list this in my recipe?

Clearly indicate all pans and pan sizes needed as well as any equipment you used in the preparation instructions.

Can I enter a recipe that uses a preparation method like marinating overnight or braising for 4 to 6 hours?

Yes, please clearly indicate this additional time in your preparation instructions.

Can I enter a recipe that uses outdoor grilling as a preparation method?

No, all recipe preparation and cooking must be done with indoor restaurant appliances. (E.g. ovens, flat top ranges, tilt braiser, etc.)

SSome recipes use raw ingredients like eggs and flour without cooking or baking them. Can I submit a recipe using raw ingredients without a baking or cooking step?

No, recipes that contain eggs, baking mixes, flour, refrigerated or frozen cookie dough or other fresh dough products must include a baking or cooking step.


I can't find an eligible product through my Distributor or at a Cash and Carry location. Can you help me locate the product in my area?

We suggest that you ask your Distributor if they can order the product for you, or select another eligible product available in your area.

How do I know which General Mills Foodservice products are eligible for the Contest?

See the Eligible Products page on for a complete listing of products.


Can I have further clarification on whether I am eligible to enter the Contest?

You are eligible to enter if you are 21 years of age or older as of March 1, 2018, are a foodservice operator, chef or line cook who develops recipes for menu items served to paying guests at an independent, commercial restaurant or food truck operation as your primary form of employment and are a legal United States resident residing in one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia at the time of contest entry.

An independent, commercial restaurant operation is defined as a restaurant owned and operated by an individual, family, or group of people. Independent, commercial restaurant enterprises with nineteen (19) or fewer restaurant units are eligible to enter the contest.

An independent, commercial food truck operation is defined as a mobile vehicle equipped to cook and sell food that is owned and operated by an individual, family or group of people. A commercial kitchen may be used for food prep. Independent, commercial food truck enterprises with nineteen (19) or fewer trucks are eligible to enter the contest.

I worked on a recipe with another person. Can we enter the contest as a team?

No, only one person may be assigned to each recipe submission.


Are all recipes submitted to the contest read and judged, or do you select just some of the recipes to review? Do you test all the entries in your kitchens?

All entries submitted during the Entry Period that meet the entry requirements are read and judged by food professionals. From the many entries, a smaller group is selected for kitchen testing and evaluation by a taste panel. See description of the judging process here.

How are the recipes judged?

Judges will evaluate and score recipes using the contest Judging Criteria of Taste, Appearance, Creativity and Foodservice Viability.

Judges will select one (1) recipe from all eligible entries received in each region, using the Judging Criteria listed above. The entrants whose recipes are selected by the Judges will become Regional Recipe Winners for their region (each a “Regional WInner”). In the event that fewer than five eligible recipes are submitted in a region, General Mills reserves the right to combine or alter regions. If your recipe is one of the five (5) Regional Winning recipes, you will be notified via phone and/or email on or about July 23, 2018.

The Grand Prize Recipe Winner (the “Grand Prize Winner”) will be determined by comparing the Total Scores for each of the five Regional Winner recipes. The Regional Recipe Winner with the highest Total Score will be deemed the Grand Prize Recipe Winner.

Would you please provide more details about the Foodservice Viability judging criteria?

Foodservice Viability means that the recipe is relevant to the industry (independent, commercial restaurants), can be realistically executed in a restaurant kitchen, and is designed to make multiple servings (minimum of 12) that would satisfy a restaurant’s multi-patron demand.

What are the five regions?

The five regions are split geographically by state. They are as follows:

West: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming

South Central: Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Northeast: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C.

Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

What if there is a tie among recipes during the judging process?

In the event of a tie between two or more recipes, the recipe receiving the highest score for the Judging Criteria of Creativity will be deemed the Winner.

How will the Grand Prize winner be announced?

The Regional Winner selected by the Judges as the Grand Prize Winner will participate in a Hometown Celebration Event and check presentation on or about August 13-31, 2018. Additional information will be available at a later date. Please visit for more information as the contest continues.

What is in the Regional Prize Package?

Five Regional Winners will receive $5,000 (awarded as a check) and a $1,000 donation by General Mills on Regional Winner’s behalf to a mutually agreed upon 501c charity, a Hometown Celebration Event that will take place at the Winner’s restaurant or food truck and a publicity package capped at $15,000. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) of Regional Winner’s Prize is $21,000.

What is in the Grand Prize Package?

One Regional Winner will be awarded the Grand Prize and will receive an additional $25,000 cash and $5,000 donation by General Mills on Grand Prize Winner’s behalf to a mutually agreed upon 501c charity, for a total of $30,000 (awarded as a check) and a $5,000 donation to charity. The Grand Prize Winner will also receive a Hometown Celebration Event that will take place at the Grand Prize Winner’s restaurant or food truck, a publicity package capped at $36,500 and the Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Grand Prize Trip Package described above. Approximate retail value (ARV) of Grand Prize is $80,000.

What is included in the Grand Prize Winner’s trip to Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival?

The Grand Prize Winner will receive a trip for two (2) to the 2018 Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival (NYCWFF) from October 11-14, 2018. Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation for Grand Prize Winner and guest from major airport nearest Grand Prize Winner's home, hotel accommodations consisting of one double occupancy room for three nights, ground transportation while in New York, entry to NYCWFF, dinner and events at NYCWFF as determined by General Mills—plus, $500 cash spending money.

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