Chef Lauren Yeagle of Mustang Alley's, an upscale bowling alley in Little Italy, is one of 54 finalists in the Next Top Product contest. Yeagle's recipe for Pickled Onion Rings have made it into second round of the contest, which is produced by US Foods, the Rosemont, Ill.-based food distributor.
Voting continues through Sept. 20 on the US Foods website. The top vote getters in eight regions will compete in a head-to-head cook-off at the World Championships in Las Vegas. The winner receives $20,000, and his or her product will be distributed nationally by US Foods.
Among the competition for Yeagle's Pickled Onion Rings are Chocolate Stout Beer Battered Onion Rings and Caramel Apple Streusel Cheesecake.
The winner of last year's contest, its first, was Savory Jumbo Shrimp and Lump Crab Hush Puppies.