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Regina’s Farm Kitchen wins prestigious food award

Rural Toledo native Regina Nekola Hild Wins award For Her Jam

March 11, 2018
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Atlanta, Ga.-. The winning preserve at the prestigious Good Food Awards announced in San Francisco on Jan. 19 was a Strawberry Blueberry Jalapeno jam with all of the key ingredients sources in Georgia.

The winning chef was Regina Nekola Hild and her Regina's Farm Kitchen, located in Dunwoody, Georgia. For the two-year old kitchen, it was affirmation that it's on the right track as the winners in 15 different categories were culled from over 2,057 entries from 40 states across the country.

Regina's Farm Kitchen was the first-ever Georgia entry to win - let alone be selected as a finalist - in the preserves category at the annual culinary competition.

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Regina Nekola Hild
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The winning entry is just one of a number of locally-sourced, farm-raised recipes. At Regina's Farm Kitchen, other preserves products include: Organic Blueberry with Lemon, Triple Berry with no sugar added, Peach Vanilla Bean, Orange Meyer with Lemon Marmalade and Peach Habanero Preserve.

"It is quite an honor to have my jam selected as a winner by the Good Foods Award," said Regina. "Just being considered a finalist - and to now win - is a credit to all those who have helped me take the leap of faith and start the kitchen, especially my mom who taught me to cook."

Regina started Regina's Farm Kitchen in 2016 in the family kitchen in Dunwoody, Ga. Over the course of the less than two-year endeavor, RFK has been recognized locally as her preserves have been a hit throughout the Atlanta area at a number of Farmer's Markets.

Born and raised on a 200-acre centuries-old farm in the heart of Iowa, Regina learnedto cook from her mother, Gladys, a prolific and creative cook. Her mother taught her five children that if they wanted to eat, they needed to learn to cook. Touching her competitive nature, this inspired Regina's early culinary aspirations, and she became a natural in the family kitchen.

Regina is not the only professional chef in the family. Her sister, Lorraine Nekola Howard, was feratured in the Chronicle in 2011 in her role as head pastry chef at the Horseshoe Casion in Counicl Bluffs.

Regina left Iowa and graduated from the University of Central Florida. After graduation she worked Coca-Cola, Nortel Networks and Harry Norman Realtors in Atlanta. But the call of the kitchen never left her soul. She became a Certified Culinarian with the American Culinary Foundation and earned her Applied Science Degree in Culinary Arts from Gwinnett Technical College.

She quickly honed her skills working for, and with, companies like Hilton Atlanta (pastry cook), Whole Foods and Sprouts Farmers Market.

Consumers can also order her award-winning preserves at

About Regina's Farm Kitchen

At Regina's Farm Kitchen (RFK), we emphasize unbridled quality throughout the hands-on process of sourcing, producing, packaging and labeling our small-batch, artisan jams, spreadable fruits and delectable baked goods. We believe in local sourcing, buying from the finest purveyors available in Georgia.

Georgia-grown is always our priority and first choice inproduce. For more information, visit

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