The category winners have been selected, the President’s Choice® products are on select Loblaw banner store shelves across Canada, and now it’s time for Canadians to crown the grand prize winner of the second season of Food Network Canada’s Recipe to Riches.
The grand prize winner, selected by viewer voting from one of the seven category winners below, will take home $250,000 – the largest cash prize in Canadian reality show history. Voting opens on www.recipetoriches.ca at 12:01 p.m. ET on December 5 and closes at 4:59 p.m. ET on December 7. All category winners will be celebrated and Canada’s choice, season two’s grand prize winner, will be revealed in the season finale Wednesday, December 12 at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m PT on Food Network Canada.
After an exhaustive cross-Canada search for the most delicious home recipes, 21 finalists were chosen from thousands of hopefuls to compete in seven different food categories in the Food Network series. Each category winner won a $25,000 cash prize and earned the prestige of having their recipe developed into a President’s Choice®product – Canada’s number one brand * – made available in select Loblaw banner stores across the country just days after their episode aired.
The seven category winners and their winning recipes eligible for a vote are:
Episode 1 – Cakes, Puddings and Pies
Category Winner: Jason Keary of Nerepis, NB
Winning Recipe: Honey Cheese Pastries
Taste the product: President’s Choice® Mini Cheesy Bees Nests – These totally tasty tarts push the limits of awesomeness – crisp phyllo pastry cups with rich cream cheese and honey filling, topped with a mixed berry coulis and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese.
Retail Price: $7.99
Episode 2 – Savoury Snacks
Category Winner: Stephen Childs of Victoria, BC
Winning Recipe: Chipotle Chili Bites
Taste the product: President’s Choice® Chipotle Chili Slams – Golden wheat and cornmeal pastry surrounding a deliciously hearty vegetarian bean chili filling. The perfect after-school or on-the-go snack, ready to heat and eat in a hurry.
Retail Price: $4.99
Episode 3 – Cookies and Squares
Category Winner: Tracey Rigden of Etobicoke, ON
Winning Recipe: Dulce de Leche Brownies
Taste the product: President’s Choice® Salt-Kissed Dulce de Leche Brownies – This delectable brownie has deservedly earned the reputation for being over-the-top delicious! An irresistibly dense brownie layer topped with sweet dulce de leche under indulgently rich chocolate ganache sprinkled with sea salt.
Retail Price: $8.99
Episode 4 – Hors d’Oeuvres
Category Winner: Jackie Koh of Vancouver, BC
Winning Recipe: Smoky Korean Meatballs
Taste the product: President’s Choice® Triple “S” Korean Meatballs – This Korean-inspired meatball recipe begins as a simple blend of beef and pork, but the final creation is a deliciously complex combination of flavours – sweet, spicy and savoury. These succulent meatballs are fully cooked, so you can enjoy them in minutes – perfect as an hors d’oeuvre.
Retail Price: $6.99
Episode 5 – Entrées
Category Winner: Rick Matharu of Brampton, ON
Winning Recipe: Butter Chicken Lasagna
Taste the product: President’s Choice® Butter Chicken Lasagna – True to its creator’s roots, this extraordinary lasagna is made with tandoori-spiced seasoned chicken in an Indian-inspired sauce made with garam masala, sautéed red onions, green peppers and mushrooms – a deliciously irresistible fusion of fragrant flavours.
Retail Price $7.99
Episode 6 – Candies and Chocolates
Category Winner: Don Harquail of Burnaby, BC
Winning Recipe: Golden Toffee Nut Gems
Taste the product: President’s Choice® Triple Nut Toffee – Like its creator, this is a real treat. Almonds, cashews, pine nuts and sesame seeds topped with buttery toffee and milk chocolatey buttons, all on a graham cracker crust.
Retail Price $5.99
Episode 7 – Condiments and Dips
Category Winner: Cathy Ferguson of Gloucester, ON
Winning Recipe: Montreal Deli Dip
Taste the product: President’s Choice® Montreal Deli Style Dip – made with corned beef, wine sauerkraut, dill pickles, Gruyère and mozzarella cheeses and caraway seeds.
Retail Price $3.99