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May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, Lay's potato chips, one of the marquee brands from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay division and America's most-loved potato chip brand, announced Cheesy Garlic Bread flavored potato chips as the winner of its "Do Us A Flavor" contest. The dramatic reveal took place at actress and restaurateur
Eva Longoria's Beso Restaurant in
Hollywood, where Longoria joined the Lay's brand in crowning
Karen Weber-Mendham from Land O' Lakes, Wis., the finalist behind Cheesy Garlic Bread, as the grand prize winner. For her winning idea,
Karen Weber-Mendham will receive
$1 million in grand prize money or one percent of her flavor's 2013 net sales (whichever is higher). The two runner-up finalists will each win
$50,000 in prize money.
The star-studded event kicked off as the three "Do Us A Flavor" contest finalists – Christina Abu-Judom from
Phoenix, Ariz. who submitted Chicken & Waffles;
Karen Weber-Mendham from Land O' Lakes, Wis. who submitted Cheesy Garlic Bread; and
Tyler Raineri from
Lake Zurich, Ill. who submitted Sriracha – and their families walked a
Hollywood awards show-inspired red carpet leading them into the restaurant. Attendees then enjoyed a delicious dinner amidst décor inspired by the three finalist flavors culminating with the unveiling of America's next great potato chip flavor by Longoria and the Lay's brand. A celebration around
Karen Weber-Mendham ensued.
As a mom of three, going out for pizza is a treat for Karen and her family. While waiting for the pizza to come to the table, Karen always orders a bowl of cheesy garlic bread for the family to enjoy. Cutting the bread into equal-sized pieces so her children don't quibble, Karen can barely put down the bowl before it's completely snatched up. This tradition is what ultimately inspired Karen's grand-prize winning idea.