FOREST, Va. (WFXR) — Everyone claims their Bojangles serves the best biscuits around. Well, if you live in Forest, Virginia, you’d be right!

Every year, Bojangles hosts a biscuit-making competition, where employees are nominated by their managers to participate in a good old-fashioned bake-off. Every Bojangles biscuit is made with love and a very intricate 49-step process that only 4,500 people are certified in.

On Thursday, March 19th, twelve finalists matched up in the Bojangles test kitchen in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each baker was given the same area, ingredients, and equipment to illustrate their skills. Each contestant was judged closely by trained officials on the speed, efficiency, and quality of the biscuits.

The competition was fierce, and Bojangles takes the title of ‘fast food’ seriously, only allowing the contestants 10 minutes to prepare their biscuits. Certified Biscuit Maker, Mary Thompson, came out on top. Not only can she call herself the best Bojangles biscuit maker in the country, but she was also awarded a $1,000 bonus for her skills and commitment to the company.

“To be recognized as one of the top 12 across our 800-store footprint is pretty impressive. This competition is truly a battle of the best, and it’s inspiring to see the love that goes into making every single scratch-made biscuit our fans know and love,” said David Whitaker, Chief Operating Officer for Bojangles.

Over 500 biscuits were made during the competition, and the judges couldn’t finish them all themselves. The biscuits were shared with the crowd and donated to Roof Above, a local organization that provides street outreach, day services, emergency shelter, and permanent supportive housing in Charlotte.

Visit the Bojangles at 14797 Forest Road to judge for yourself!