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Loyal ShopRite customer Sue Compton of Delanco, N.J., is the Grand Prize winner of the 44th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. Compton’s Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups, made with ingredients bought at the ShopRite of Delran, N.J., earned her a $1 million purse. The news was revealed live this week on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” in Chicago.
As winner of the Sweet Treats category, Compton had already received $5,000 and a GE Profile Induction Free-Standing Range. Her dessert vied for top honors with the winners in the other three categories: Breakfasts & Brunches (Tomato-Basil Eggs Alfredo in Bread Baskets), Entertaining Appetizers (Salmon-Pecan Crusted Tartlets) and Dinner Made Easy (Zesty Lime-Fish Tacos). In addition to the cool million, the Grand Prize winner gets $7,000 in GE Profile kitchen appliances.
Executives from ShopRite, the registered trademark of Keasbey, N.J.-based Wakefern Food Corp., the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States, were in attendance to cheer Compton on during the contest. “She is an inspiration to us all — her passion for baking has really paid off,” noted ShopRite spokeswoman Karen Meleta. “Her recipe is an example of elegant simplicity, achieved with just a few easy-to-use ingredients that can be found in any ShopRite store.”
Pillsbury garnered over 10,000 entries for this year’s competition, which was held in Orlando, Fla. The four finalists were selected based on taste, appearance, creativity and how the recipe will appeal to families across the national.
There are more than 200 ShopRite Supermarkets throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland.