The 35-year-old from Clarinda, Victoria, defeated Vicki Cameron-Smith’s (QLD) chocolate sandwich cookies and Connie Tavella’s (NSW) croquettes in a final three showdown.
His Chocorn sold out in more of the 900 Woolworths stores nationally than any other product in the series, winning him $100,000 and a distribution offer from Woolworths.
“I’m so excited that I’m now able to share Chocorn and all of its flavours with the whole of Australia. And I’m excited by the prospect of working with Woolworths and their product development team on Chocorn,” he said.
“This is like my childhood Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory dreams come true.
“I must have made millions of pieces of Chocorn, tried out thousands of flavour combinations and put it through hundreds of focus group tests with friends and family to get the base recipe and all of the different flavours just right.”
Judge Carolyn Creswell from Carman’s Fine Foods owner said: “Garth winning is what the show is truly all about. It’s seeing someone’s dream come true.
“I love that this product is pure innovation. A recipe that didn’t exist, 10 years of sweat and tears, almost throwing it all away six months ago when nothing had happened and now becoming the next Australian iconic food brand. I’m over the moon for him and his exciting journey ahead.”
The TEN series has not set the ratings on fire, but the products have been well received in Woolworths stores with positive comments from the sponsor.
Network TEN Head of Entertainment and Factual Programming, Stephen Tate, said of the Canadian-based format, “True innovation is rare in television these days. This has been an Australian first. Watch the show and taste the recipe the next day. Recipe To Riches has been the tastiest show we have ever made.”
Garths’s Chocorn will hit Woolworths stores nationwide in the new year.