Last night was the season finale of CBC’s Recipe To Riches, and boy was it incredible. Our girl, Cyra Belbin, walked away with the grand prize of $250,000 for her impeccable Mexi Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites. We’re dying to get our hands on her cheesy treats, and lucky for us they are ready for purchase at Loblaws grocery stores across Canada.
We featured Cyra when she won week 5 of Recipe to Riches – you can check out her Tastemaker profile here. After her big win last night, we caught up with her and chatted about her experience on the show and what the future holds for her…
What are your plans for the future?
Now that I’ve won Recipe to Riches and have my President’s Choice Mexi Mac ’n’ Cheese Bites in market, I’m now looking for my next challenge. I haven’t fully decided what I want to tackle next, but I have a few things floating around in my mind. One challenge I’d like to investigate is getting a children’s book published that my husband wrote about a girlfriend and me. If I’m successful in that, I’d like to have part of the proceeds go to children’s charities. I’d also love to get my Bacon Mac ’n’ Cheese Bites in market if the Mexi Mac ’n’ Cheese Bites continue to do well. Stay tuned…
What will your winnings be used towards?
I’m a very practical person, so you may be a little disappointed on what I’ll be doing with my winnings. My husband and I bought our first home a few years ago, so I’d like to be mortgage free ASAP. Also, our car is over 10 years old so we’ll be getting a new-to-us car in the near future. And, as luck would have it, our dishwasher (also known as the ‘Happy Marriage Machine’) died last weekend so we’ll be getting a new one. But once that’s taken care of, we’ll be using the remainder of the money for travel and new adventures. First on the hit list: Italy and France!
What was your favourite moment on the show (other than winning the grand prize, of course)?
My favourite moment was seeing my husband and parents running down to join me after they announced my name. It was so wonderful having them there and being able to celebrate together. I also invited my fellow Savoury Snack competitor, Izumi Kyle, to the show. Having her there to cheer me on and getting her to come up to the stage for a celebratory hug after my many get-down-here arm gestures was equally as wonderful.
A big congrats to Cyra!
Check out this clip of her first win…
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for Cyra in the future!
Did you catch the season finale of Recipe To Riches? Who were you rooting for? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.