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Floyd County native wins “Best Baker in America” on Food Network

Baker rolling dough next to cinnamon rolls
Baker rolling dough next to cinnamon rolls(AP Images)
Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 3:58 PM EDT
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - People gathered at the Mountain Arts Center Monday night to support one of their own, as Prestonsburg native Jaclyn Joseph competed for the title of “Best Baker in America”.

Before her TV debut, Joseph built a booming culinary career in Louisville she worked as a pastry chef for both the Brown Hotel and Omni Louisville Hotel, after graduating from Sullivan University.

Friends and family gathered to cheer her on from afar as she put the finishing touches on a recipe for success in the challenge of the 8 episode competition. Carla Hall, the host of the show, tasked Joseph with building a two foot tall Hawaiian themed dessert.

The tasty towering treat sealed her place as the season 4 champion; winning Joseph $25,000 and the title of “Best Baker in America”.

In a report from the Courier Journal Joseph credits much of her success to her Kentucky roots, and the support from her community growing up in Prestonsburg helping her feel like she was where she needed to be; saying “I just really let my love of baking and what I have learned growing up in Prestonsburg show in my work. The experience solidified my commitment to pursuing my passion as a pastry chef. I believe this is truly what I am meant to do with my life.”

Now, what is next for the “Best Baker in America”?

Joseph says she plans to open her own baking business focusing on custom wedding cakes and specialty desserts.

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