Hardee’s Crowns Best Biscuit Maker at National Biscuit Baking Championship

Bake-off event saw over 600 biscuit makers compete at Hardee’s
headquarters in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Isabelle Reyes of St. Louis, Missouri has been officially crowned the
best Hardee’s®
biscuit maker in the nation. Famous for their Made From Scratch™
Biscuits, the restaurant chain recently held its National Biscuit Baking
Championship on April 14th at its corporate headquarters in
St. Louis, featuring over 600 biscuit makers from across 16 different

The competitors were given 15 minutes to prepare and bake three trays of
biscuits, which were evaluated on factors such as weight, diameter,
height and appearance; the biscuit maker with the highest overall score
was declared the winner. Reyes, who works at the Lund
-franchised Hardee’s on Lackland Road in St. Louis, was awarded
both a trophy and cash prize of $1,000 for winning the competition.

“All of us at Hardee’s want to not only congratulate Isabelle on her
tremendous accomplishment, but also thank her for helping to continue
the Hardee’s legacy of having the best biscuits around,” said Eric
Williams, chief operating officer for Carl’s
.® and Hardee’s restaurants. “Every morning, dedicated biscuit
makers like Isabelle come in bright and early to bake our iconic Made
From Scratch Biscuits by hand — that’s why they’re the best in the
business, and the most delicious, hands down. If Isabelle makes the best
biscuits at Hardee’s, we’re confident that she makes the best biscuits
in the nation, to boot. Congratulations, Isabelle, and thank you for all
of your hard work!”

“Made From Scratch Biscuits have always been a game changer for us and
that’s why this competition is such a huge event,” said Tom Trotter,
operating partner for Lund Brown Enterprises. “These biscuit makers have
literally spent months training and in competition to reach this point.
Only the best of the best make it to this prestigious level.
Congratulations to all the finalists and especially Isabelle for taking
the crown.”

In addition to being available as stand-alone menu items, Hardee’s Made
From Scratch Biscuits are also used in popular breakfast offerings such
as the Smoked Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit; the Bacon, Egg & Cheese
Biscuit; and the Southern classic, Biscuit ‘N’ Gravy™, each available at
participating restaurants nationwide.

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About CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.

CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc. (“CKE”) is a privately held company
headquartered in Carpinteria, Calif. CKE is not a franchisor and
conducts substantially all of its restaurant activities and operations
through its subsidiaries. Carl’s Jr. Restaurants LLC and Hardee’s
Restaurants LLC own, operate and franchise the Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s,
Green Burrito® and Red Burrito® concepts. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s
operate as one brand under two names, acknowledging the rich regional
heritage of both banners. After opening their first restaurants in New
York and New Jersey last spring and recent international openings in
Japan, Australia, Canada, Colombia and Guatemala, Carl’s Jr. Restaurants
LLC and Hardee’s Restaurants LLC now have a total of 3,679 franchised or
company-operated restaurants in 44 states and 38 foreign countries and
U.S. territories. Known for its one-of-a-kind premium menu items such as
100 percent Black Angus Thickburgers®, Made from ScratchBiscuits,
Hand-Breaded Chicken Tendersand Fresh Baked Buns, as well as
an award-winning marketing approach, the Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s brand
continues to deliver substantial and consistent growth in the U.S. and
overseas. The Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s system is now 93 percent franchised,
with international restaurants representing 19 percent of the system.
For more information about CKE, please visit www.ckr.com
or its brand sites at www.carlsjr.com


On behalf of CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc.
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