El Jebel resident eyes top prize in Pillsbury Bake-Off

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El Jebel's Kim Doyle Wille has a reputation in the Roaring Fork Valley as a good cook. Now, she's trying to prove it to the world.

She recently was named one of the 60 semifinalists in the Amazing Doable Dinners division of the 46th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest. She's vying for accolades for her Thai shrimp pizza, as well as the $1 million grand prize. (Pillsbury jokes that it's 1 million in dough. It gets paid out at $50,000 per year for 20 years.)

“This has been a lifelong dream since I was a kid,” Wille said.

She cooked for her family starting at a young age while growing up in Georgetown. Both parents worked, so she chipped in by taking care of dinner, she said. She whipped up legendary goodies at the Last Stand, a concession stand at Aspen's Iselin Park in the 1980s.

She entered the cook-off before but never advanced this far. Thousands of recipes were screened for the semifinals by Pillsbury representatives. Now the public will vote on whom will advance to the finals. Voting currently is taking place at www.pillsbury.com/BakeOff/Voting-Home/Voting-Gallery.

Read the full story at The Aspen Times website.

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