Chesapeake, Va. Hardee’s Biscuit Maker Wins Top Award in Boddie-Noell Biscuit Maker Challenge

Local Biscuit Maker Named Champion over Hundreds of Other Biscuit Makers

CHESAPEAKE, VA. (March 27, 2021) – If the breakfast biscuits baked at the Hardee’s® restaurant at 1240 Cedar Road seem to taste especially delicious, that’s because they are made by a Biscuit Maker Champion.

Local Hardee’s biscuit maker Kevin Onyewuche has been named as the Best Biscuit Maker of Boddie-Noell Enterprises for 2020, the largest Hardee’s franchise operator in the nation. Onyewuche advanced beyond more than 700 other biscuit makers at 342 Hardee’s restaurants across four states to win the overall award.

Contestants in Boddie-Noell’s annual Biscuit Maker Challenge represented Hardee’s restaurants across North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Kentucky. In addition to Onyewuche, the three best biscuit maker regional winners were Brenda Crowder of Amelia, Geraldine McCaskill of Bamberg, S.C. and Shelton Smith of Norton.  

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, no in-person awards ceremony was held this year for the safety of all involved. However, Boddie-Noell is committed to recognizing outstanding employees regardless of the circumstances and regional winners each received a cash prize for their outstanding biscuits in 2020.

Onyewuche says the key to creating the best Hardee’s Made from Scratch™ biscuit is to “go all out and work really hard to make delicious biscuits for the customers.” His favorite Hardee’s biscuit is the Chicken Fillet Biscuit.

The competition started in October 2020, and each biscuit maker was evaluated based on the quality of his or her biscuits, knowledge of proper biscuit equipment, cleanliness and care of the biscuit equipment, knowledge and execution of company procedures, grooming and appearance. The competition’s judges included general managers, district managers, regional directors, vice presidents and other executives in the restaurant division of Boddie-Noell at the five levels of competition.

Onyewuche has worked as a biscuit maker at Hardee’s for nine years. He was also named a biscuit maker regional winner in 2017.

When he isn’t making biscuits, Onyewuche enjoys reading, volunteering and gardening. Onyewuche is a native of Nigeria and Hardee’s has been his first and only job in the United States.

Hardee’s Made from Scratch™ biscuits, which have been served at Boddie-Noell restaurants since 1977, are a vital part of the restaurant’s menu.

In 2020, Hardee’s restaurants owned and operated by Boddie-Noell used more than 6,936,000 pounds of biscuit mix, 508,000 pounds of flour and 5,286,000 pounds of buttermilk to make the golden brown biscuits.

About Boddie-Noell Enterprises With nearly 60 years success as a Hardee’s franchisee, family-owned Boddie-Noell is the largest Hardee’s franchise operator in the United States with 342 restaurant locations in four states. The company is based in Rocky Mount, N.C. For more information, visit