Hardee’s has announced Amber Burgess as the winner of the Biscuit Baker Competition during its annual IHFA Conference Celebration Dinner. Amber was one of four finalists who competed in the final found at Hardee’s headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee. Amber has been named ‘2022 Biscuit Baker Challenge Champion’, winning a grand prize of US$10,000.
The competition began across more than 1700 restaurants earlier this year. After a series of regional competitions where biscuit bakers went head-to-head to make it to the final round, the final four were selected based on their knowledge of biscuit procedures, how well they can demonstrate ability to set up the biscuit station, demonstrate ability to prepare a batch of biscuits which meet performance standards and expectations.
In the competition, each competitor had 15 minutes to make a batch of 52 biscuits. The biscuits were evaluated on several judging criteria including colour and taste, and who could make the best biscuit from scratch using Hardee’s system.
“Hardee’s is known for our iconic Made From Scratch Biscuits and it’s wonderful to recognize Amber Burgess as our top biscuit maker for 2022,” said Ned Lyerly, CEO of CKE Restaurants. “Every morning our dedicated biscuit makers come in bright and early to bake these biscuits. This award not only recognizes Amber, but all our biscuit makers across the Hardee’s system and we congratulate all those who competed this year.”
Amber has been with Hardee’s for almost a year, and has reported that her favourite biscuit is the Sausage Biscuit.
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