General Mills Foodservice have announced Veneé Pawlowski from Black Magnolia Southern Patisserie the US$20,000 Grand Prize Winner in The Biskies Contest, awarded for her cinnamon rolls.
The Biskies gave chefs, owners and employees of commercial restaurants the opportunity to win up to $20,000 for their unique biscuit creation in the categories of entrée, side or dessert using Pilsbury’s new Southern Style Unbaked Biscuits and two or more additional ingredients. In addition to the $20,000 Grand Prize, the contest awarded three Runner-Up Winners a $5000 prize.
Pawlowski’s winning entry included a fluffy buttermilk biscuit layered with brown sugar roasted apples, served with bourbon buttermilk sweet biscuit ice cream and topped with bourbon caramel, pecan pralines and salted toffee.
The Upside Down Apple Praline Biscuit is “an innovative twist on a simple classic,” according to judges who noted that “the biscuit shines as the star of the dish, blending perfectly with unexpected flavours to create a culinary masterpiece. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, the addition of biscuit ice cream takes this dessert to a whole new level of deliciousness!”
Pawlowski was also recognised as a winner for her Bourbon Banoffee Pecan Rolls in General Mills’ Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest in 2020. The former contest celebrated independent family and neighborhood restaurants and the one-of-a-kind dishes reflecting their local flavour.
The Biskies Contest runners-up, who each received $5000 included Patrick Lahey of Stella’s Restaurant and Bar for his Roasted Vegetable Nest with a Smoky Bacon Gochujang Sauce who was awarded Best Side; Cindy Sanderson of Biscuit Bombers or her Tongue Slapper, featuring a Southern-breaded chicken breast, bacon, Swiss cheese, a pan-fried egg and spicy Bomber sauce for Best Entrée and Aaron Gray, winning Best Dessert for his Chocolate Berry Biscuit Bomb.
“Our judges were blown away by the creative and delicious biscuit recipes shared by talented contestants across the country,” said Shayna Becker, Marketing Manager for the Restaurant Channel at General Mills Foodservice. “The Biskies Contest was designed to celebrate biscuits in all of their flavors and forms, and it was a tremendous success in letting us know just how much people love their biscuits!”
General Mills Foodservice, which partners with restaurants to provide back-of-house products, recipe inspiration and culinary support, created the contest in conjunction with the introduction of Pillsbury’s newly improved biscuits, Pillsbury Southern Style Unbaked Biscuits, providing restaurants a low-labour way to bake biscuits with good taste and consistent quality.
Entries for The Biskies Contest were reviewed by General Mills Foodservice’s team of culinary professionals, Chefs of the Mills, who selected three Category Finalists for each recipe category. Finalists were featured on General Mill Foodservice’s website and social media channels in April for a public vote to determine the final Grand Prize and Runner-Up Winners.
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