By Danneisha McDole

Within the Valley Dining Center on Western Michigan University’s campus, the Blazin’ Bronco attracts the most students due to its grilled chicken, burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese, veggie burgers and wings. However, do you ever wonder what it’s like behind the scenes making sure these delicious meals are prepared?

Taylor Sarquiz, 22, who is a WMU alumni with a degree in food service administration, works as a utility food worker for Blazin’ Bronco. She’s been working there for only three months, but already has a set routine on the days she works. Once she comes in with her black chef hat, pants and checkered apron ready for duty, she begins to prep the food. A total of six pans of buns are made throughout the course of each hour.

WMU Valley Dining Center

After the buns are done, Sarquiz places 10 to 20 meats on the grill at a time, then starts grilling. As soon as the meats are done, students rush over to take the food. Sarquiz says the open hours of 11a.m. and 5 p.m. are the busiest times for her. However, Sarquiz who maintains her focus and her top skill of being work-oriented, handles it in a calm matter. Toward the end of her shift, she counts and records what food is left and how much more is needed for the next day. Then she cleans the grill for the night.

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