Tarsha Joyner ’13 is one of the star competitors of the Christmas Cookie Challenge, a Food Network baking competition special that airs Saturday, November 28, at 9 p.m. Eastern time.
Tarsha owns Mrs. Joy’s Absolutely Fabulous Treats, a business inspired by a branding project in one of her graphic design classes at LC. She sells cookies, cakes, doughnuts, cake pops, and more at the Lynchburg Community Market. She also works on custom orders, including many that demonstrate her artistic and design talent. She plans to open a store on Commerce Street in Lynchburg in January.
According to Food Network’s official description of the special, “Holiday cookies are more than mere sweets: they are gifts, mementos of childhood, and most certainly made with pride. In this Christmas Cookie Challenge hosted by Jonathan Bennett, five confident and daring bakers compete to prove their holiday cookie-making skills. Tough-love judges Duff Goldman, Damaris Phillips and Sherry Yard are on hand to crown the holiday cookie master who will go home with a $10,000 prize!”
The competitors, including Tarsha, are keeping their lips sealed about the outcome of the show, which was filmed in August.
Tarsha was featured in The News & Advance this week. Read that story here.
When she announced her upcoming appearance on Food Network, Tarsha started making cookies in the shape of the Elsie the Hornet in honor of the role her college education played in helping her start her business.