Natchez native to make appearance on Supermarket SuperstarPublished 12:01am Monday, July 22, 2013
NATCHEZ — Miss-Lou residents may recognize a familiar face tonight when tuning into the Lifetime Television Network.
Home chef Melissa Randall was born in Natchez, attended second grade in Vidalia and will make an appearance on the premier episode of Supermarket Superstar at 9 p.m. on the Lifetime Television Network.
Each episode focuses on a different supermarket aisle and asks three home chefs to pitch a product they created to judges. Randall’s episode focuses on the baked goods aisle.
The winner of each episode receives $10,000 in prize money and $100,000 specifically for product development. Winners of each episode return for the finale. The season finale winner gets to pitch their product to supermarkets owned by The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to make everyday dreams comes true,” Randall said.
Randall’s food is named Cookie Cupcake. It’s made by placing cookie dough in a muffin pan and topping it with icing, she said.
Randall said she developed the idea while baking for children’s parties as a part of her business — Baking With Melissa.
“I go to a house with all of the ingredients and entertain children for a couple of hours,” she said. “The cookie cupcake was just an idea I came up with when hosting one of the parties. It’s the best part of a cookie and a cupcake put together.”
Using a top-of-the-line kitchen during the show was exciting, but also stressful, Randall said.
“Most people don’t have all of these super nice appliances, so they were a little difficult to use,” she said. “I had to make potentially life-changing decisions super quick. I usually like to think and ponder and maybe even call my mom for opinions, but I couldn’t talk to anyone.”
Randall couldn’t discuss her performance on Supermarket Superstar because of a contract agreement, but said she is excited about potential business opportunities after the show airs.
“I’ll talk to some marketing people and try to get my product out there,” Randall said.
Rather than selling the Cookie Cupcake as finished product, Randall said she would prefer selling it as a kit which families could make together.
“Families can just pick up the baking kit and make the Cookie Cupcake at home,” she said. “It would include a measuring cup and everything you need.”