Ok, I’ve been busy focusing all my sleuthing skills to decide who’ll be the ‘big’ winner on “Recipe to Riches”, the Food Network Canada show where each week a trio of home cooks compete in one of eight different categories to determine whose original recipe would make the best President’s Choice product.  Each winning entry in a category wins $25,000 and becomes eligible for a grand prize of $250,000.  All winning entries are available in the grocery store a few days after the show.  You can buy their product at any Loblaws/Superstore/No Frills Store, or visit the Food Network website for the cook’s original recipe, it’s up to you.

I’m watching it when I can, and it’s been fun!  Week 1 was Glo McNeill’s Luscious Lemon Pudding.

Image of lemon pudding dessert

Week 2 was Jacqui Keseluk’s Multi-Layer Peach Cake, week 3 gave us John Grass’s Grilled Chicken Skewers…. and on we go.  This week’s winner was Robert Luft’s recipe for a 15-hour smoked pulled pork entrée – it’s got Klem going out and cleaning up the smoker to give it a try!

Pulled pork sandwich image

I don’t usually get this excited about cooking shows, but I like this one because it puts everyday Canadian cooks out into the limelight, letting them show off their culinary skills.  It’s tough, it’s a nail biter to the end, but it’s fun.  Even the ‘non-winners’ recipes are highlighted on the website like Eva Fong’s Lobster Macaroni and Cheese dish.

Lobster Macaroni & Cheese dish

There’s also great gluten-free chocolate chip cookies courtesy of Sonya Walos …. really good!

Chocolate chip cookies on a plate

And for something different, a creamy kulfi by Rosy Soobrattee.  It’s a pistachio-topped cardamom and rosewater kulfi made from a recipe handed down by her grandfather, who owned a sweet shop in India. (Kulfi is much like ice cream, but denser from not having been whipped up, and usually creamier).  Reviewers are loving this one!

Image of kulfi on a white plate

Take a look for yourself and then start picking your favourite dish for the grand prize of $250,000.00  Not bad for a day’s worth of cooking in the kitchen!