FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- 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 says his first year preparing the feast "was an educational time."
The state scaled back the Derby breakfast in 2009 before moving the event from the Capitol grounds to downtown Frankfort in 2011. Still, Mike was glad to work amid the chaos while it lasted.
A chef who has spent 20 years in the food industry, Mike now uses his expertise in crafting a daily menu at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's dining hall.