Local biscuit maker ready for bake-off


Kristen Marshall, foreground, mixes dough as Betty Stallion watches. Marshall, an employee of the Greenfield Heights Havelock McDonalds and Stallion, with the Grantsboro McDonalds, are competing in a biscuit bake-off in Greenville today.

Bill Hand/Halifax Media Service
Published: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 07:57 PM.

You might say that Kristen Marshall and Betty Stallion are biscuit warriors for Ronald McDonald.

McDonald’s, the fast-food restaurant whose mascot is the famous red-wigged clown of the same name, is holding a biscuit bake-off competition in Greenville today. Marshall, who works at the McDonald’s at Greenfield Heights Boulevard in Havelock, and Stallion, who works at the Grantsboro location, are among seven selected for the event.

The winner advances to the finals in Cary on May 8. The local winner will receive a cash prize and the final winner, a trophy.

Bill Purcell, owner of 14 McDonald’s restaurants in the region, chose the two women from among his employees to compete.

“This is an opportunity for us to showcase our biscuit makers,” he said of the competition, adding that “we make all our biscuits from scratch.”

After an interview, Marshall and Stallion took a few minutes to prepare a batch of biscuits on the little stainless steel counter that is set aside for that purpose.

It all starts with buttermilk, Marshall noted, as she poured some into a bowl and stirred in what appeared to be a pre-mixed flour. She was mum about what goes into the biscuits other than flour and dairy, however. You know, trade secrets.

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