General Mills Foodservice Shines Spotlight on Neighborhood Restaurants


General Mills Foodservice announces it will once again shine the national spotlight on independent family or “neighborhood” restaurants with its 2nd annual Neighborhood to Nation™ Recipe Contest.  In addition, celebrity chef Amanda Freitag of Food Network’s “Chopped” and “American Diner Revival” returns as the official host of the contest, which gives independent restaurants the chance to win up to $50,000 and the opportunity to get national recognition for specialty dishes that reflect their local flavor.

The Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest is open to foodservice operators, chefs and line cooks who develop and prepare recipes for menu items served at independent, commercial restaurants, and asks them to submit an original recipe using at least one ingredient from General Mills’ list of eligible products.  The Grand Prize Recipe Winner will receive $40,000 as well as a $10,000 donation for a local charity.  The First Place Recipe Winner will receive $15,000, and the Second Place Recipe Winner will receive $10,000. All three finalists will travel to General Mills’ headquarters in Minneapolis June 21-22 to meet with Freitag for a day of celebration and inspiration and the official Grand Prize winner announcement.

“The Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest gives independent restaurants an opportunity to shine, get recognized for the amazing food that showcases their local flavor, and potentially win a nice cash prize with a donation to help a charity in their own backyard,” said Freitag.  “I look forward to this year’s celebration at General Mills and to meeting this year’s finalists.”

Freitag has an impressive career that includes cooking alongside some of the world’s best chefs and working at prestigious New York restaurants including Cesca, Gusto and The Harrison. In 2014, she opened Empire Diner with a menu of signature dishes along with classic American selections inspired by staples from diners across the country.   Most recently, she authored her first book, “The Chef Next Door: A Pro Chef’s Recipes for Fun, Fearless Home Cooking.”

Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest Details

From Jan. 4 to Feb. 29, 2016, foodservice operators, chef and line cooks who develop or prepare recipes for menu items served to paying guests at independent, commercial restaurants may submit their favorite original breakfast, entrée or dessert recipes. They must use at least one ingredient from one of General Mills Foodservice’s participating brands: Pillsbury (biscuits and puff pastry), 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 Feb. 29, 2016.   Official rules are available online at