Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Home Cook Wins Grand Prize on 'Recipe to Riches' for Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Halifax Home Cook Wins Grand Prize on 'Recipe to Riches' for Mac 'N' Cheese Bites

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Halifax home cook wins grand prize on 'Recipe to Riches'

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TORONTO - Cyra Belbin of Halifax, who won the savoury snacks contest in "Recipe to Riches" with her Mexi Mac 'n' Cheese Bites, has taken home the grand prize.

The home cook was awarded $250,000 in Wednesday night's series finale.

"You can't even process this. It's such a huge amount of money that can change your life instantly," she said after the episode was taped in Toronto.

"I'm now going to be mortgage free. My dishwasher died on Sunday, go figure, so I can replace that easily. My car is 11 years old so I can easily get that solved and I still have money. It's insane."

In the finale which aired on CBC TV, each of the previous week's winners returned for their chance to win a quarter of a million dollars.

Belbin, 31, faced off against Jesse Meredith's Mini Raspberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cups, Winslow Taylor's Jammin' Jamaican Lobster Bisque, Alcide Desveaux's Grandpa's Acadian Meat Pie and Elisa Hendrick's Italian Lollipops.

It was the first chance Belbin had to meet the other competitors.

"I think we were all a ball of nerves but loving every minute of it.

"There was a lot of sitting and standing and sweating," she added. "We had a chance to hear what the judges thought. Galen Weston (executive chairman of Loblaw Companies Ltd.) was there, which was excellent. He wasn't at the category tapings, so it was really an honour to meet him.

"I remember standing up and my knees just feeling weak with every time that we were looking for the next person to be cut, so it was nerve-racking. It was a real nail-biter."

In the first five episodes, three contestants competed in the categories of desserts, entrees, savoury pies, appetizers and savoury snacks. The winner received $25,000 and the recipe became available across the country in Loblaw stores as a President's Choice product. …

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