A LOCAL cook’s flair with flavour has won her big bucks and the honour of having her name on a new soup.
Griffith’s Melissa Rai couldn’t believe her luck when she discovered that her recipe had been chosen as the winner of Continental’s “Create the next Sensations flavour” competition, with a $10,000 grand prize and the winning flavour launched in Woolworths stores nationally.
Melissa’s new flavour pea and mint with bacon and black pepper hit the stores on July 1.
The dedicated cup a soup fan said winning the contest out of more than 20,000 entries was a dream come true.
“It is the best thing that has ever happened to me, it really is,” she said.
“I started cooking when I first got married. That’s when I started experimenting with flavours and food ideas.”
Melissa visited cup a soup head office in Sydney to collect her prize money and taste test the finished product.
The 25 year old plans to use her prize money on an overseas trip. She described seeing her soup on supermarket shelves as “mind-blowing”.
“It’s crazy, “ she said.
“Now it’s a permanent part of their range, that is the best thing.
“I’ve always loved to cook. One day I’d love to open my own restuarant and make a soup recipe book.”
Continental chef Julianne Lever described the winning soup flavour as a new twist on an old favourite.
“This sweet garden pea soup boasts a subtle mint and mild smoky bacon aroma and taste,” she said.
“Each mouthful of soup finishes with the warmth of black pepper and every sip is reminiscent of the traditional pea soup that grandma used to make.”
According to Continental their Cup a Soup Sensations are a range of premium soups packaged in a single serve sachet, perfect for an easy, convenient and gourmet-tasting snack.
Melissa’s soup now joins the range of other Continental Cup a Soup Sensations such as vine-ripened tomato with mascarpone and basil and roast chicken with sour cream and spring onion.
Melissa’s winning soup will be in Woolworths for six months and then go into other retailers after that.