SANFORD — Three years ago, Alfonsa Martinez had never cooked a biscuit in her life. Now she’s the best biscuit-maker in the entire Biscuitville fast food chain.
Martinez, who goes by Connie at work, is a crew member at the Sanford store, at 2053 S. Horner Blvd. She said she and some colleagues entered the competition last year — and that even though they didn’t fare well, that just motivated her even more.
“I said I want to win it this year,” Martinez said.
She followed through, even though she didn’t practice once outside of work.
“I cook at home, but I don’t make biscuits at home,” Martinez said. “I make Spanish food.”
But keeping work and personal life separate didn’t harm her chances. After advancing from a local competition to be one of the 100 semifinalists from the restaurants in North Carolina and Virginia, she then made it into a final round with three others. And she didn’t crack under the pressure, whipping up a batch of 30 fluffy biscuits in just over four minutes to take home the title of Grand Champion Biscuit Maker.
“The lady over there (at the competition) said, ‘Are you surprised?’” Martinez recalled from the end of the contest on Monday. “I said, ‘No, I’m ready for this.’”
In a press release, the company’s chief operations officer praised Martinez as well as a Greensboro man, who won the competition for managers, for a job well done.
“Our team members work incredibly hard day in and day out to deliver Biscuitville’s brand promise to all of our guests, and this competition is one that every biscuit maker in our company strives to win - not just for the cash prize, but for the sheer bragging rights,” Biscuitville COO Connie Bennett said.
Martinez received $1,000 for winning the contest and said she plans to pamper herself a bit.
“I’m going to take vacations in August, so I’m going to spend it then,” she said with a grin.