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CYRA BELBIN WINS SAVOURY SNACKS CHALLENGE IN FIFTH EPISODE OF CBC'S RECIPE TO RICHES

Halifax, Nova Scotia resident's recipe inspires new President's Choice® Mexi Mac 'n' Cheese Bites

March 26, 2014 - RECIPE TO RICHES aired its fifth episode this evening, with three home cooks battling it out over their signature savoury snacks recipes. Cyra Belbin of Halifax, Nova Scotia impressed the judges with her Mexi Mac 'n' Cheese Bites beating out Izumi Kyle's Izumi's Umai Spring Rolls and Roshini Mellaram's Montreal's Best Bites. As well, starting this weekend, Canadians can purchase President's Choice® Mexi Mac 'n' Cheese Bites at select Loblaw banner stores across the country.

From figure skating to running to Ultimate Frisbee, Cyra has the appetite, drive and focus to dominate any competition - including recipe design! The ultra-driven marketing executive stepped up to the plate in the RECIPES TO RICHES savoury snacks showdown with her Mexi Mac 'n' Cheese Bites. Her playful take on traditional macaroni and cheese is deliciously crisp yet gooey, with a lightly spicy finish. Cyra's victory tonight earned her $25,000 and a spot in next week's live series finale.

The finale of RECIPE TO RICHES airs on Wednesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV with each of the previous weeks' winners returning for their chance to win $250,000. Cyra Belbin's Mexi Mac 'n' Cheese Bites will face off against Jesse Meredith's Mini Raspberry Cheesecake Chocolate Cups, Winslow Taylor's Jammin' Jamaican Lobster Bisque, Alcide Desveaux's Grandpa's Acadian Meat Pie and Elisa Hendrick's Italian Lollipops.

To get to the finale, each competitor had to impress the esteemed panel of judges, featuring marketing guru Arlene Dickinson, chef and entrepreneur Vikram Vij and food expert Gail Simmons. However the ultimate winner of RECIPE TO RICHES will be decided by Canadians! Viewers can vote for their favourite online at www.cbc.ca/recipetoriches/ from 8:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 26 to 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 30.

RECIPE TO RICHES is hosted by actor and food-lover Carlo Rota. RECIPE TO RICHES was created and produced by Temple Street Productions. To find out more about each winner's journey on RECIPE TO RICHES, tune in to CBC's Steven & Chris every Thursday at 2 p.m. as they chat with the previous night's winner.

Find the show online at:
Website: cbc.ca/recipetoriches
Twitter: @RecipetoRiches #RecipetoRiches
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