When you spend the night away from home, someone has to make sure you are taken care of when you wake up. Our Early Risers story today will go inside a Wilmington hotel to see what it is like to start cooking the eggs, long before the rooster crows. You would think the cooking staff at the Wilmington Hilton Riverside might need their own wakeup call to make sure they are preparing for the day, long before their guests' day begins. That includes getting all the breakfast food ready, whether it is for the guest who ordered room service, or the buffet. Maggie Boyette, a cook at the Hilton said, “…cut the ovens on and the hot boxes. Get the bacon in, the sausage and biscuits. Cook the sausage, gravy, grits, potatoes and of course the eggs.” Boyette has worked in the kitchen at the Hilton for more than a year. Long before she became the omelet cook, she knew what it was like to be up with the chickens. “I farmed for 12 years before my husband passed away, so I was used to getting up at 3 o'clock in the morning,” said Boyette. Now, working in the kitchen, making sure the food is prepared for other early birds, still allows her the chance to get an early start to the day while watching the sunrise. “Watching the sun come up, especially here at the Hilton on the river, it's just so beautiful and tranquil,” mentioned Boyette. WWAY will be bringing you a new story each week of early morning activities, or even jobs that get people out of bed before most of the community.
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