Miss America got behind the griddle on Monday to kick off an International House of Pancakes campaign to give away 5 million buttermilk flapjacks.
In exchange, officials at the Glendale-based chain hope full-bellied diners will leave donations for the Children’s Miracle Network, which supports Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and other medical centers across the nation.
Teresa Scanlan, the first-ever Miss America from Nebraska, tied a red IHOP apron over her blue dress Monday at the company’s test kitchen on Brand Boulevard to mark the start of the campaign. She told kitchen director Anne Albertine what she understood about making a good pancake: Use cold water in the batter, don’t mix too much, and cook the pancakes at 350 degrees for about two-and-a-half minutes a side.
Asked Albertine, “When do you flip them?”
“When they stop bubbling and have a dull surface,” Scanlan answered.
“You’re hired,” Albertine responded.
IHOP spokeswoman Jennifer Pendergrass said the chain gave away 4 million pancakes and raised more than $2.1 million for charity last year. This year, she said, the goal is $2.3 million.