In Wednesday (Nov. 16th) night’s episode of Food Network’s newest Canadian original reality competition series Recipe to Riches, bar manager Sonya Walos from Whistler, British Columbia, was declared the winner of the “Sweet and Savoury Snacks” category.
As the winner of her category, Sonya will receive $25,000 and her Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie will be a new President’s Choice® product, available in select Loblaw Companies Limited banner stores across the country starting this weekend.
Sonya’s competition in the “Sweet and Savoury Snacks” category was PhD student Donna Feir (27, Vancouver, BC) with her Pancake Breakfast Cookie and stay-at-home mom Natasha Langevin (42, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC) with her S’mores Treats. The three finalists competed in a series of challenges that evaluated their recipes’ taste, quality, commercial viability and the entrepreneurial prowess of a potential product launch.
Hosted by former The Bachelor star Jesse Palmer, the competition is judged by a panel of experts including Laura Calder, host of French Food at Home; Tony Chapman, Founder and CEO of leading advertising agency Capital C; and Dana McCauley, Culinary Director at Janes Family Foods. Making a special appearance as a weekly guest judge is Galen G. Weston, Executive Chairman of Loblaw Companies Limited.
The winners of each category will receive a $25,000 cash prize and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for their recipe to be developed into a President’s Choice® product available in select Loblaw banner stores across the country. Each week, Canadians will have the chance to sample category winners’ products in-store.
After all category winners have been determined, it’s up to Canadian viewers to vote for the best of the best. Food Network will air a marathon recapping all seven episodes on December 7th from 4pm ET until 11pm ET and Canadians can vote online at www.recipetoriches.ca beginning at 12:01am ET on December 7th until 11:59pm ET on December 9th.
During the exciting December 14th finale, viewers will witness who will take home the $250,000 grand prize – the largest cash prize in Canadian reality television history.