Pillsbury Bake-Off: And the Winner Is…
Pyrex® glass bakeware is as much part of the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest® as the Doughboy himself. For years, the bakeware has been part of the Bake-Off kitchen arsenal and used by just about every one of the 100 Finalists.
This contest, Pyrex glass bakeware played even a bigger role, signing on as sponsor of the 46th Bake-Off Contest, the biggest and richest cooking event on the planet.
The Grand Prize? A $1 million payout to the cook who creates an original, unique recipe adored by the judges.
There were many firsts this year:
• New contest rules focused on quicker, easier meals made with only seven ingredients.
• Cooks across the country had the final say on the 100 final Bake-Off recipes.
• Golden Doughboy statues were given out for the first time ever.
• And it’s first time the Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest visited Las Vegas! More than 100 kitchens, complete with individual ovens, gadgets and ingredients, packed the ARIA Resort & Casino ballroom.
AND THE WINNERS ARE…
It came down to two Finalists on the prestigious Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest stage awaiting the announcement from Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi: Three-time Finalist Sheila Suhan of Scottdale, PA, and first-time Bake-Off Finalist Glori Spriggs, from nearby Henderson, NV.
Flanked by the Pillsbury Doughboy, Padma opened the envelope and quickly announced the winning recipe as Glori’s Loaded Potato Pinwheels.
“To win in my home state…and tomorrow I’m going to California (to make the recipe on Queen Latifah’s show), where I’m originally from…and I’m with my daughter, my best friend for 46 years, just like the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off,“ Glori said as she collected her thoughts. “It’s just amazing!”
Most amazing is the Pillsbury Bake-Off is considered the big dance of recipe contests, yet this is the first cooking contest Glori entered. But her approach was spot on.
“I wanted something that would appeal to children and adults, and have ingredients that the average cook would have in their pantry or refrigerator,” she said. “I love appetizers and staters, and I love to entertain and have people over. It just came together.”
“Loaded Potato Pinwheels are a great, versatile appetizer,” said Jann Atkins, Bake-Off Kitchens Manager. “They have a quick prep — minimal chopping — and look great on a party platter. I see these going fast at game day gatherings, holiday parties and potluck dinners, everywhere.”
Glori was one of 100 finalists to compete for the $1 million prize during a 3 1/2-hour live contest. In addition to the Grand Prize, awards were given for second and third place, as well as a handful of special sponsor categories.
Sheila Suhan, Scottdale, PA
Easy Caprese Pizza Bake
Antoinette Leal, Ridgefield, CT
Cherry Almond Brunch Tart
GE Imagination At Work Award
Kellie White, Valley Park, MO
Honey Sesame Bagels
Jif® Peanut Butter Award
Kim Doyle Wille, Carbondale, CO
Thai Shrimp Pizza
Crisco Is Cooking™ Award