District's lead chef shares secrets for success

Belleville Area Schools revamps menu to be healthier and include more items made from scratch

Sept. 9—Helen Macke, of Red Bud, doesn't mind waking up at 2 a.m. in order to get to work by 4. After all, there are hungry kids to feed.

Macke, 61, enjoys her job as the lead entree cook for Belleville School District 118. Her favorite entrees to cook—fettuccine alfredo and tacos.

"I think we have the world's best taco meat," Macke said, as she was counting flour tortillas for chicken soft tacos.

She also had a large batch of made-from scratch syrup cooking away in a 40-gallon steam kettle.