Head cook Lisa Hartzell arrives at WGHS as early as 7:15 a.m. to prepare the lunch specials while the head breakfast cook starts preparing breakfast for the students and staff around 6:30 a.m.
They feed around 500 students. The cafeteria’s manager is Leena Smith; she cooks for everyone and takes care of the kitchen.
The cooks say it’s not hard to cook for all of the students because they all love cooking.
Only nine cafeteria workers come a day, and not all of them are the cooks.
When the chefs get to the school, they start preparing the food around 7:15 a.m., and then that will be ready for lunch around 11 a.m.
That’s three hours and 45 minutes of prepping before the first lunch shift starts.
When the weather was good, different numbers of students came to eat because seniors can leave campus to eat, but now that it is getting colder the cafeteria workers realize they have to start making more food.
When the cafeteria workers finish serving their first lunch shift, they get right back to doing the lunch shift for second lunch, and they call that the batch cooking.
“Batch cooking is where we cook in separations due to the fact that we don’t know exactly how many people will be eating our food,” explained director of dining services Theresa Buettler.
“Us waking up at five and six to be here at seven in the morning makes it all worth it when I see the students smiles and happy faces as they get their food,” said Buettler.