Winterville's The Biscuit and The Bean chef wins regional contest

WINTERVILLE, NC (WITN) - One homegrown business here in the East held a special event Friday afternoon. They're celebrating an award that one of its owners recently received.
Laura Smith, co-owner and chef at The Biscuit and The Bean in Winterville is a South East Region winner in the 2019 Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest.
Smith wins $5,000 as well as $1,000 to share with a local charity, all thanks to the 2019 Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest from General Mills Foodservice.
Smith has chosen to donate the $1,000 to Timbo's Tower. That money will go towards helping to build a training tower for a local fire department.
Smith's pear tart is the recipe that secured her spot as a regional winner. It's a recipe she says she tried for the first time just for this contest.
"We entered this competition five hours before the competition closed, the first time we ever made the pear tart, came up with the recipe. When they called us we were quite shocked. We are not chefs by any nature. We are homegrown, what you see is what you get," said Smith.
Smith is also in the running to become the grand prize recipe winner where she could receive $10,000 in cash and $2,000 for charity.
That contest winner will be announced later this month.