On December 1, local chefs, foods trucks and restauranteurs competed in Taste for the Space for a chance to win a dining space at Northpark. Participants prepared their signature dish and guests voted on their favorites!

The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory won an opportunity to open its dream restaurant inside the Eatery at Northpark, as well as 6 months free rent plus $50,000 to put toward their new space – a prize package worth $140K.

The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory specializes in a variety of quality meats, cheeses and toppings, bringing a new and unique concept to the greater Jackson area. Owner, Michael Joyner, fell in love with the idea in 2015 when his lifelong friend started the company. Since then, Michael has become the first franchisee owner and has extreme passion for what he describes as, “the perfect and simple concept – taking any food item from across the world and turning it into a stuffed baked potato.”

“Winning Taste for the Space gives me the chance to take my company to the next level while continuing to create and share my stuffed baked potato creations. The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory is a labor of love and proof that when you believe in something and work at it, the possibilities are endless.” Said Michael Joyner. “With my new establishment, I plan to put a smile on my customers’ faces and create an experience that will keep people coming back for more and plan to do what I do best – provide a variety of quality stuffed baked potatoes with unparalleled service.”

The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory served their signature dish called the “Trash Can Stuffed Baked Potato,” which includes seven different meats, cheeses, onions, BBQ sauce, chives and a blend of Moe’s Magic Dust seasonings.


The Taste for the Space Competitors!


  • 2 for 7 Kitchen Food Truck
  • Beyond Pastabilities
  • Big Apple Inn
  • Fratelli Italian Ice
  • Kalico’s Kitchen
  • M&W Tasty Foods
  • Monte’s Steak & Seafood
  • Nick Wallace Culinary
  • Shaniq’s Unique Catering
  • The Stuffed Baked Potato Factory
  • Urban Country Kitchen

Thank you to all the attendees, competitors, entertainers, staff, and sponsors that made the event such a success! Share your own Taste for the Space photos on social media and use hashtag #TastefortheSpace.