Toronto man wins Tim Hortons' Duelling Donuts contest with The Tortoise Torte
Jason Priestley and The Tortoise Torte, winner of Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest, created by Andrew Shepherd of Scarborough, Ont. are seen in this image provided by Tim Hortons.
TORONTO - A dreamed-up doughnut that melds together chocolate, caramel and pecans has earned its inventor $10,000 and the knowledge he beat out 63,000 entries in a Tim Hortons contest.
Toronto's Andrew Shepherd was crowned the winner of the Duelling Donuts competition Monday.
The 39-year-old dubbed his creation The Tortoise Torte, which won against the runner-up doughnut The Oreo Borealis created by Londoner Jason Flannery.
A panel of judges that included actor Jason Priestley had whittled down the pool of applicants to eight finalists, with doughnuts such as Monkey C-Donut, Monkey Do-Nut and S'more Of It.
Priestley, best known for his role on the show "Beverly Hills 90210," was recruited for the contest after a cameo on the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother" last February.
The episode joked that Canadians are a doughnut-eating people, with the Vancouver-born actor touting the invention of The Priestley donut in a fake documentary.
His namesake is a strawberry-vanilla doughnut stuffed with a chocolate Timbit.
Tim Hortons had a chef whip up the fictional pastry, and the public's reaction spawned the idea of a contest where people could submit their own doughnut ideas.