Take a look at what Glori Spriggs is gripping as she gets a confetti-sprinkled victory embrace.
Yes, it's a statue. Of a golden Pillsbury Doughboy.
The Taste of General Mills blog reported that the Henderson, Nev., cook won $1 million for her original recipe in the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday. Padma Lakshmi, host of "Top Chef," presented the award after the three-hour competition that featured 100 finalists.
Here's a link to her recipe for Loaded Potato Pinwheels. The appetizer is made from crescent roll dough, grilled potatoes, bacon bits and cheddar cheese. Spriggs estimated that she made 20 or 25 versions of her recipe before settling on the right combination to submit.
Plans are already underway for the 2014 event, to be held in a yet-to-be-announced hotel in Nashville. Inspired cooks should get busy. Recipe submissions to qualify as a semi-finalist for the next Bake-Off begin in January.
Golden Valley-based General Mills offers a history of the Bake-Off, which began in 1949 and only required that entrants use Pillsbury flour as an ingredient. The top prize at the first contest was $50,000.