Atlanta pastry chef wins national contest with turnover recipe

Butternut squash and goat cheese turnover by West Egg Cafe pastry chef Carrie Hudson./ Photo courtesy of General Mills Foodservice.

Thanks to her recipe for butternut squash and goat cheese turnover, West Egg Cafe pastry chef Carrie Hudson is $10,000 richer.

Yesterday, Hudson was announced the second place winner of the General Mills Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest. The national contest celebrates dishes from local or neighborhood restaurants that highlight local flavors.

Pastry chef Carrie Hudson uses local produce in her baked goods./ Photo courtesy of General Mills Foodservice.

Her winning turnover sees thyme-seasoned butternut squash and goat cheese wrapped in Pillsbury puff pastry. The savory baked good also won in the contest’s the breakfast category. Find the recipe here.

Chef Amanda Freitag, a judge on Food Network’s “Chopped,” announced the grand prize winner, Jennifer Shearer of PRESS Bistro in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, at General Mills’ headquarters in Minneapolis yesterday. Shearer walked away with a $40,000 cash and $10,000 to go to a charity for her Strawberry Cornbread Panzanella recipe.

First prize went to Chef Michael Minden of Michael V’s Restaurant & Bar in Tulsa, Oklahoma for his Butterfinger Cream Cheese Brownie Pie recipe .

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