If you stop in at the Hardees on North Duke Street in Durham, you may recognize Shirley Jones from Hardees latest biscuit commercial.
The commercial called One Trick Pony touts Jones biscuit-making skills and introduces the companys rib-eye steak, egg and cheese biscuit. Jones, 60, of Rougemont, is an old hand at appearing in Hardees 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 nations largest Hardees 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 Hardees 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.