Beth Royals (2002)

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Beth Royals has been passionate about cooking and baking for as long as she can remember. Her parents encouraged her participation in the kitchen and she made the association early on that cooking for others is an act of love and the best way she knew to give of herself. She began baking with her 4 year old son and as a result stumbled upon an ad for a “Cooking with Kids” contest. When she won the grand prize in early 2002 she was immediately hooked on contesting. “I’d always enjoyed developing my own recipes and experimenting with different taste/texture combinations, so I felt contesting might be a good fit.”



Grand Prize, Gilroy Garlic Festival Cook-Off – $1,000

Finalist/Brand Prize Winner, Southern Living Cook-Off – $1,000/$1,000

Grand Prize, Nick Jr. Magazine’s Cooking with Kids Contest

Grand Prize, Carr’s Cookie Contest

Finalist, America’s Greatest Cheese Lover Contest

Grand Prize, Richmond Times-Dispatch Deviled Egg Contest;

1st Place, Keebler’s Top-it-and-Win Contest – Refrigerator

Grand Prize, Baker’s Chocolate Contest

Grand Prize, Richmond Times-Dispatch Perfect Pound Cake Contest

Grand Prize, Ukrop’s Supermarket Holiday Recipe Contest – $500

Third Place, Child Magazine’s Cookie Contest


Grand Prize, Quaker Oats Search for the Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie – $6,000

Grand Prize, French’s Crunch & Say Cheese – Digital Camera

Honorable mentions (2), GoldKist Farms Chicken

Finalist, McCormick “Blend to Win” Contest

Runner-up, 2003 & 2004 Nestle Chocolate/ Betters Homes Contest


Finalist, Pillsbury Bake-Off

Grand Prize, Redwood Creek Local Flavors of America Cook-Off – $25,000

Quarterly Finalist, 2004 & 2005 Mama Mary’s Pizza – Espresso Maker


Finalist National Chicken Cook-Off

Finalist, National Beef Cook-Off

Grand Prize, Emeril’s/Good Morning America – Trip to NYC

Grand Prize, Cooking Pleasures Magazine Quick & Easy Entrees Contest – $5,000

Runner-up, Taste of Home Quick n’ Easy Contest


Finalist, Pillsbury Bake-Off

Finalist, Wearever Bakeware Wackiest Cookie parent/child Cook-Off

Semi-finalist, Edward’s Pies


Grand Prize, Crisco Country Cook-Off – $10,000

1st Place, Family Circle 75th Anniversary Recipe Contest – $1,000

Finalist,  Very Vidalia Recipe Contest

Finalist, Ultimate Krispy Kreme Doughnut Recipe Contest


Finalist, Cake-Mate “Mother of all Bake Sales” Contest – $1,000 & $1,000 to charity

Honorable Mention, Betty Crocker Cookie Contest

Finalist, Lucky Leaf Cook-off – Trip to Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen


Grand Prize Winner, Terlato Wines “Napa Holiday” Contest – Trip to Napa

Finalist, French’s Fried Onion Contest


Grand Prize, Bass Pecan – $1,000

Finalist, Hungary Jack Use Up the Box Contest

Grand Prize, Belle Chevre – Trip to Belle Chevre Creamery

Runner Up, National Oyster Festival

Finalist, Good Housekeeping Cook Your Heart Out Cook-off

Finalist, National Cornbread Festival


Finalist, Kozy Shack Recipe Showdown

Runner Up, National Oyster Festival


Grand Prize, Richmond Magazine – Richmond Cooks with C.F. Sauer Cook-off


Pillsbury Bake-Off $1,000,000 Grand Prize winner!

FAVORITE PRIZE: “My favorite trip was to the Gilroy Garlic Festival where I was able to see my sister who lives on the west coast. My favorite prize was a glass cake dome with a hand-painted saying on it from an interview I’d done with our local food editor: ‘Life is like a piece of cake, even when it’s bad, it’s good'”.

ADVICE: “Take a look at past winning recipes for a particular sponsor and analyze what they all have in common. Do the titles have a gourmet ring and include complex ingredients or do they lean toward homestyle recipes with minimal steps/ingredients? Don’t be let down if you don’t win. In the worst case you may have come up with a dish that will become a family favorite for years to come.”


One Response to “Beth Royals (2002)”

  1. Victor Cruz July 11, 2023 at 11:29 pm #

    I was delighted to come across your page featuring Beth Royals’ entry into the Hall of Fame from 2002. It’s inspiring to see the recognition and celebration of talented home cooks and their winning recipes. Beth’s achievement is truly commendable, and her culinary prowess deserves to be showcased.

    The winning recipe described in Beth Royals’ entry sounds absolutely delicious. The combination of flavors and the creative twist on a classic dish are undoubtedly what set her entry apart. It’s fascinating to see how home cooks like Beth can bring innovation and their unique touch to beloved recipes.

    I appreciate the level of detail provided in Beth’s entry, from the ingredients used to the step-by-step instructions. This not only allows readers to understand the recipe better but also encourages them to try it themselves. The inclusion of personal anecdotes and insights adds a personal touch and makes the recipe even more enticing.

    It’s impressive to see how cooking contests like the one Beth participated in can highlight the culinary talents and creativity of home cooks. These competitions provide a platform for showcasing unique recipes and inspiring others to explore new flavors and techniques in their own kitchens.

    Thank you for featuring Beth Royals’ winning recipe in your Hall of Fame. By highlighting her achievement, you not only recognize her culinary skills but also inspire other home cooks to experiment and share their own creations. I look forward to exploring more of the Hall of Fame entries and discovering the incredible recipes and stories behind them.

    Keep up the great work in celebrating the achievements of home cooks, and thank you for providing a platform for culinary enthusiasts to connect and be inspired.

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