Bk Chronicles

BK Chronicles: Day 4- Busy busy busy-30/7/15

It was my fourth day in and I’m exhausted. Preparing fast food is really taxing on the body, but ironically you don’t feel it until it’s time to go. My legs hurt like I ran a 10K marathon, but I’m not complaining.

My day was good (as all my other days), but a more fitting word to describe it would be tiring. I was running back and forth, getting various instructions from the persons who were at the board. One person shouted “Nickoy a pan of chicken please”, the next “one pan of Whoppers ” then another “make 16 chicken tenders for me please.” I was truly in demand today.

Today, I learned to do something new- to cook and pack bacon the Burger King way. Yes, I know bacon of all things. I was tempted to partake. Lol. It took me a while to pack them. I credit that to my inexperience. I also cut lettuce today. That seems to be becoming an everyday thing.

For lunch, I had the American sandwich. It certainly hit the spot. My co-worker (who as I said before I think she has a crush on me) accompanied me. She had the Whopper Junior with Cheese. When I was finished eating, I retrieved my phone and took a browse through Instagram. No sooner I started enjoying my break than my break was over. As is customary, the persons who go on break check the dining area after their break is up.

I went out into the dining area with my broom to do a spot sweep and with my table cleaner and rag. I went around did what I had to and took up the used trays. When I got to the door, I had to turn back to pick a tray someone just left on the table, then when I reached the door again I had to turn back for another tray left by someone. I carried the trays in and to the washing area then I was back out in the dining area to wipe of the tables again. After doing that, the security guard hinted that I should not forget to clean the glass and guess what? I was back inside then back out to clean the glass. It was finally done and so I got to go back inside for good this time.

I continued manning the fryers until the night shift arrived, after which I pre-prepped some lettuce with my co-worker. I made her laugh. Soon the day was over and it was time to say good bye until 9:00 am the next day.

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BK Chronicles- Practice Makes Perfect 29/07/15

I love food,I love restaurants and I love working in one. This was my third day working at Burger King and I must say it was a good one — even better than yesterday.

I arrived at work at approximately 8:45 am. Just enough time to change into my work clothes and to clean to my hands.

My first task for the morning was to strip and bag onions — I was using a knife. Being someone who has very little culinary skills, you can only but imagine how awkward I felt, but more so how awkward I looked. But soon the horror was over…for now.

After completing my first task, I was directed to the person who would be in charge of me for the day. I will call her Pat. She was very pleasant. During that time, Pat was manning the board (The board: where the various food items and condiments are kept for the preparation of sandwiches;where the actual sandwiches are prepared). She showed me how to make the regular chicken sandwich. First, you put mayo on the heel (the plain part) and then on the crown of the bun (the part with sesame seeds) . I made an attempt, but as my credentials as a chef are nonexistent, that didn’t work out very well. You then put on the lettuce on the crown, which also didn’t work out so well and finally you place the chicken patty on top of all of that and flip that over on the heel, which I did better than expected. I swiftly wrapped up the sandwich and sent it down the shoot. There! I made my first BK sandwich.

I figure more or less that many of the people who I work with were probably clumsy at their first several tries at making one of the sandwiches, but they soon became adept in the art of sandwich making. I guess I will be one day, after many many many tries.

For the morning I mostly observed her movements and cycled between making fries and meat products. It was soon lunch time and my co-worker (who I think has a crush on me) and I took the Whopper Jr. with Cheese combo (yes you get “free food”) and went for lunch. As usual (because me just craven), I completed my meal way before she even started to eat. We talked about how to make the different sandwiches and how to mark the wrappers which prompted me to get the training manual. It’s a huge book, but only because the pages are laminated. It has everything in it- from making sandwiches to operating the equipment. I used it to memorize how to make the Whopper Jr. with Cheese.

Lunch was soon over and we were back to our regular duties. Not much longer after,  I was told to prep tomatoes as there were none under the board. I was now back in the awkward position that I was in with the onions. The horror began again. But I had a different mind set about it. I said to myself “you know what, I might as well make an effort to be good at it.” Soon I felt like an expert, slicing the tomatoes with skillfulness. No one could tell me I wasn’t a chef  in those few short moments.  Soon I was over and it was back to the fryers.

As the day was nearing an end, I was asked to clean the mini fridge and that I did. Following that I continued manning the fryers until 5:45pm, then it was time to leave.

Today was a good day. It really was. As the days go by, I know that I will get better and better in prepping the various vegetables as well as in making the various fries. In fact, practice makes perfect.

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BK Chronicles- Second Day 28/07/15

So…I thought it was a good idea to keep a record of every day I work at Burger King. I think it will be a good a piece of writing to look back at in the future, just as a reminder about where I am coming from in order to see how far I have reached. A piece of writing that will help foster an attitude of gratefulness when I may lose sight of reality and get too caught up in my self.

Let me begin. I arrived at work at about 8:50 am. By this time, restaurant operations were up and running– they open at 7:30 am after all. I quickly changed into my work clothes, then went to the sink to wash, brush and sanitize my hands. From there I went to the preparation sink (we call it ‘prep sink’), where I met up with a co-worker. She taught me how to prepare the lettuce and from there she left me to it. After I washed, cut and dried the lettuce I had to dish them out and put them ‘under the board’.( ‘Under the board’ means putting it where the sandwiches are made.)

After all that, my trainer showed me how to make the fries and how to fry the chicken patty, chicken tenders, spicy chicken and the fish. She then showed me how to use the broiler which is used to cook the burger,whopper and steakhouse patties.

For the remainder of the day, I cycled making fries and the various other things mentioned. For the first time in my life, I feel like I can cook, although I really didn’t do any of the cooking– the machines did. LOL.

Soon, my time was over and I had to leave.

Today was a great day. Today I had an extraordinary, overwhelming sense of self. It was amazing. I am expecting tomorrow to be a even better day.

**Here ends the first chapter of my BK Chronicles.**