July 19, 2015 at 3:22 AM CDT - Updated July 27 at 9:53 AM
If you have not heard of "Greektown Gyro" Lay's potato chips yet, it could soon be seen on bags across the world. This new world flavor has its origins based in Wichita Falls.
" My name is James Wagner, I'm with the Air Force out of Sheppard from right here in Wichita Falls. We're at the Hibiscus Cafe, it's a Greek restaurant here," said Wagner.
The airmen has traveled all over the world, spending much of his time stationed in Europe where he discovered the taste of a true Greek Gyro. Some years later Wagner was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls. After moving to Wichita Falls, Wagner was worried he would never find a true Gryo within driving distance.
"It was not until I found the Hibiscus a few years back that I was like that's it, that's the taste I have been looking for," said Wagner.
That taste was the inspiration for Wagners chip idea submission for Lay's "Do Us A Flavor" contest. Wagners "Greektown Gyro" was selected as one of the four finalist with a chance to see their flavor go global for a year along with a $1 million dollar prize.
"Why not a Gyro chip? Then that would make that Gyro tastes a little easier to find," said Wagner.
Until now "that Gyro taste" could only be found in the Hibiscus Cafe Kitchen. Stavros Panadiotarakos has been cooking since the restaurant opened. Panadiotarakos said everything is made from scratch.
"It is mixed with lamb and it is very tasteful. I am very happy to inspire people with my taste. I make my own tzatziki sauce, tzatziki very popular with the Greeks I use my grandfathers recipe," said Panadiotarakos.
Wagner said he's happy for the support that both he and the restaurant he love's to visit have received. He hopes it inspires more Texomans to discover or even rediscover that gyro taste.
Voting for the contest starts July 27th. If you would like to vote you can click the link below. You can also retweet and even instagram your vote with the @greektown_gyro.