Port Coquitlam actor cups dessert prize

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Port Coquitlam's Jesse Meredith is the winner of the first episode of CBC-TV's Recipe to Riches
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A Riverside secondary school grad will have his dessert on grocery shelves across the country after winning the first edition of CBC's Recipe to Riches on Wednesday.

"It's absolutely incredible. I still can't believe it. It's really, really, really surreal," a jubilant Jesse Meredith of Port Coquitlam told The Tri-City News on Thursday.

The aspiring actor, who has no formal training in cooking or baking, beat out two contenders to win $25,000 and see his Milk Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cups become a President's Choice product for Loblaws-owned supermarkets.

And tomorrow (Saturday), Meredith will launch his dessert in person from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Real Canadian Superstore at Westwood Mall in Coquitlam.

The 25-year-old hopes shoppers will get a chance to sample his treat before the TV series finale, when results of the national online vote will be announced for the six competitors; the winner of the April 2 show will get the $250,000 grand prize. To vote for Meredith, go to between March 26 and 30.

The SFU theatre graduate created his one-bite cheesecake cups about two years ago for his younger sister, who was too sick to eat her favourite dessert. He wanted to whip up an easy comfort food that she could digest properly.

Recipe to Riches runs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBC.



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