FRIENDSWOOD — Dwayne LeJune’s idea to stuff jalapenos with chicken and other flavors of the Southwest and call them Armadillo Eggs could find its way to the shelves of an H-E-B near you.

The Friendswood resident is among 25 food “artisans” from across the state who are finalists in H-E-B’s Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best competition. Judges have been taste-testing the various entries since Tuesday at the Houston Food Bank.

In February, H-E-B launched a contest searching for the best-Texas inspired food concoctions.

LeJune is among six finalists who come from the Houston area. He is the lone finalist from Galveston County.

The judges will determine the winners based on taste, as well as the product’s marketability and readiness for production.

Four winners will received cash prizes and be in serious contention for space on H-E-B shelves next year.

The overall winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while the first runner up will get $20,000 with $15,000 going to the second place winner and $10,000 for the third place chef.

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or


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