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General Mills is having a recipe contest with a $50k grand prize

Your original recipe could land you $50,000.

Calling all chefs, line cooks, and foodservice operators: General Mills is hosting a recipe contest with a $50,000 grand prize.

The Golden Valley-based company says it's gearing up for its annual Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest. The idea is to bring national recognition to some food made at smaller independent restaurants.

Ultimately, three winners will be chosen to go to Minneapolis for the grand prize winner announcement. Each of those contestants will get a cash prize – $40,000 for the grand prize winner (plus $10,000 for charity), then $15,000 and $10,000 for first and second place (they'll get money to donate to charity, too.)

How it works?

Starting Jan. 5, go to www.neighborhoodtonation.com and submit your original breakfast, entree or dessert recipe using the online entry form. The recipe must include at least one of these products.

Entries will be accepted until Feb. 28.

From there, the recipes will be judged on taste, appearance, creativity, and foodservice viability.

Judges – including celebrity chef Amanda Freitag of Food Network’s Chopped – will narrow it down to six recipes. Those finalists will be notified via email around May 22.

The top three finalists will be invited to the grand prize ceremony in June. The other three will be given honorable mention and mailed $500 in prize money.

You can go ahead and check out the 2016 and 2015 winners.

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