Jack Leach has always enjoyed baking and cooking. After baking his first cheesecake with his grandmother, he asked her for a set of red and black cheesecake pans as a present. He began baking cheesecakes non-stop, and two years later, he is fulfilling over 100 cheesecake orders a week through his business, Jack’s Cheesecake.
Jack, who has been featured on TV and in Oconee the Magazine, is autistic and nonverbal. However, he is able to communicate well by typing into an app on his iPad and playing it out loud. He also really enjoys singing.
It was Jack’s chorus teacher, Kristen Donaldson, who suggested he enter the Taste of Oconee contest in February of 2020. Up against dozens of local restaurants, Jack won first prize for best dessert.
Jack will be offering a few special cheesecake flavors for the holiday season. Those include pumpkin and toasted amaretto for Thanksgiving and white chocolate peppermint and s’mores for Christmas.
Jack and his family will be hosting a special Thanksgiving pick-up in front of Bell’s/Family Dollar in Watkinsville on Wednesday, Nov. 24 from 3-6 p.m. This will allow for smooth pick-up of their large number of Thanksgiving orders.
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