Hardee's star excels at making biscuits

aweigl@newsobserver.comDecember 25, 2012 

  • Hardee’s biscuit facts • Last year, biscuit makers at the Hardee’s restaurants operated by Boddie-Noell used 712,240 pounds of biscuit flour, 9.8 million pounds of biscuit mix and 848,795 gallons of buttermilk. • Boddie-Noell Enterprises founder Mayo Boddie saw biscuits being made for breakfast at an Atlanta restaurant and brought the idea back to his Hardee’s in the Tidewater area more than 30 years ago. Hardee’s executives did not like it and told him to quit offering biscuits as part of the menu. He dug in, and eventually Hardee’s relented. Today, of course, Hardee’s boasts of being the first restaurant chain to widely introduce the breakfast biscuit. Source: Rick Rountree of Rick Rountree Communications in Raleigh.

If you stop in at the Hardee’s on North Duke Street in Durham, you may recognize Shirley Jones from Hardee’s latest biscuit commercial.

The commercial called “One Trick Pony” touts Jones’ biscuit-making skills and introduces the company’s rib-eye steak, egg and cheese biscuit. Jones, 60, of Rougemont, is an old hand at appearing in Hardee’s commercials; this is her second time.

Each appearance was tied to Jones being crowned Best Biscuit Maker of Rocky Mount-based Boddie-Noell Enterprises, the nation’s largest Hardee’s franchise operator. She won the title earlier this year and in 2009, each time beating out more than 800 other bakers at more than 330 restaurants. Jones competed in two regional bake-offs and then won the finals.

Jones grew up in the Bahama area of Durham. She and her husband Curtis (who is an excellent cook, she says, and better baker than she) moved to Person County, where they raised three children. The Joneses have nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Jones started working at the Hardee’s at 3921 N. Duke St. about 15 years ago. She works weekdays, starting before the sun comes up and finishing around 11 a.m. On busy days, Jones will make between 600 and 800 biscuits.

“I lose count,” she said.

Making hundreds of biscuits a day means Jones rarely makes them at home for her family. However, she said, “If the family decides to get together for breakfast, you know who gets the biscuit part.”

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