Biscuit Bakeoff Champion

Jack’s Employee-Wide 23rd Annual Biscuit Bakeoff Crowns New Champion

Reilly Carroll of Jack’s location in Geraldine earns next year of biscuit bragging rights

BIRMINGHAM (Oct. 20, 2022) Jack’s Family Restaurants (Jack’s), a Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) network headquartered in Birmingham and boasting more than 220 locations across Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi, today crowned the company’s 23rd Annual Biscuit Bakeoff champion at a finalist event held in the Magic City. Selected from seven regional employee finalists, Reilly Carroll of Jack’s in Geraldine was awarded the company championship from a panel of judges based on her biscuit’s height and diameter, pan color consistency and overall taste.

The event – hosted by WBRC FOX-6 Anchor Jeh Jeh Pruitt – was judged by Jack’s COO Karen Kelly, Jack’s Chief People & OPS Strategy Officer Dana Taylor, WBRC Fox-6 Meteorologist Mickey Ferguson, The Next Round Sports Host Jim Dunaway, Comedian Matt Mitchell and Mark Plunkett, “Chef Jack.”  

Along with the title of ‘Jack’s Biscuit Bakeoff Champion 2022,’ Carroll received a $1,000 prize.

“Nothing speaks to the soul of the South quite like a biscuit, and Jack’s is known for serving up some of the finest quality, handmade biscuits for our customers,” says Todd Bartmess, Jack’s CEO. “Our Annual Biscuit Bakeoff is not only a way to honor the best biscuit makers from among our over 250 biscuit makers, but it truly connects Jack’s staff and the community with one menu item that all of us can agree on as being truly, authentically Southern.”

“I am honored to be this year’s Biscuit Bakeoff champion and to represent Jack’s with this award,” said Reilly Carroll, winner of the 23rd annual Biscuit Bakeoff and employee of Jack’s since September of this year. “Our restaurant has some of the finest chefs and employees in the Southeast and I am honored to have been selected amidst the tough competition I was up against.”

Jack’s Biscuit Bakeoff began in 1999 and has since maintained a four-round competition format: store level, area level, regional level and final round. After first winning their store’s bakeoff competition, a total of 36 regional winners were then narrowed to the following seven finalists: Debra Chastain (Jack’s Argo, AL), Audry Jordan (Jack’s Louisville, MS), Elizabeth Wilkins (Jack’s West Point, MS), Reilly Carroll (Jack’s Geraldine, AL), Carla Taylor (Jack’s Heflin, AL), May Lykes (Jack’s Clanton, AL) and Glenda Colburn (Jack’s Red Bay, AL).

“We are proud of all finalists and truly appreciate the ongoing excitement and participation from our employees each year,” added Bartmess. “We’ve built a special Jack’s network both in our stores and in our communities, and we look forward to continuing to grow our brand family through unique activations like this one.”

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Founded in 1960 in Homewood, Alabama, Jack’s Family Restaurants started as Jack’s Hamburgers in a walk-up hamburger stand that served burgers, fries, sodas and shakes and has now grown to more than 220 locations in four states in the South. Jack’s is All About The South and serves its guests quality food with an emphasis on community involvement and charitable giving. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.