Charlotte Resident Might Win $1 Million With His Fried Green Tomato Flavored Potato Chip Idea


lays flavor contestCharlotte’s very own Gregory Pope is now a finalist in Lay’s potato chip contest for their newest flavor.

He’s now in the running to win $1 million if his Fried Green Tomatoes flavor wins first place.

When the contest was first announced back on January 12th, Pope immediately knew he needed to submit his traditional southern family recipe.

About 6 months later, Pope found out his flavor had been selected as a finalist and he was flown to New York City for the big announcement of the top 3 flavors.

According to Lay’s press release, the top 3 include;

  • Lay’s Kettle Cooked Everything Bagel with Cream Cheese: Lindsay Hoffman realized her calling while sitting in her kitchen in Gainesville, Fla. on a Wednesday morning. With this chip idea, she could finally combine her morning ritual, favorite breakfast meal and her favorite leisure activity of eating Lay’s potato chips into a single bite – can’t get much better than that.
  • Lay’s Wavy Fried Green Tomato: Gregory Pope gets nostalgic when he thinks back to his family get-togethers in Georgia where fried green tomatoes – salted and peppered – were always the centerpiece of their meals. He fondly remembers watching his dad skillfully prepare this delicious feel-good dish which also inspired his potential $1 million dollar idea.
  • Lay’s Crispy Taco:  Ellen Sarem began to perfect her taco recipe when she first met her now-fiancé because it happens to be his favorite dish. Although her first attempt was a disaster – with no salsa or cheese – she is now able to share her flavorful technique with the world through a Lay’s potato chip.

From today through October 8, Lay’s is asking fans to try all three flavors and vote for their favorite for a chance to win prizes every day. Fans can now vote once per day per voting platform for their favorite finalist flavor on; via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #SweepstakesEntry along with #VoteEverythingBagel, #VoteFriedGreenTomato or #VoteCrispyTaco, or via Snapchat by swiping up on their favorite finalist flavor and following the prompted instructions to confirm the vote. Lay’s is also giving anyone who votes the chance to win fun, flavor-themed prizes.

What’s your favorite flavor? 

If you’d like to see Gregory win the million, be sure to post #VoteFriedGreenTomato as much as possible!