Local Kentucky chef shares his experience in government cafeterias

Chef Mike Vaughn has also cooked for 13,000 visitors at the Kentucky Derby.

FRANKFORT, Ky. —It's been years since the state has fed thousands on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, but Mike Vaughn vividly recalls the frantic pace of preparing enough biscuits, eggs, sausage and country ham for at least 13,000 visitors.

Rain or shine, the breakfast drew large crowds from near and far to the Capitol grounds. Mike's first year preparing the feast "was an educational time," he admitted.

"It was a whole new experience, but it was great," said Mike, who has worked in the Kentucky Department of Parks, now as food service operation manager, for about a decade.

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