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Food truck manager and chef: What I do and how much I make

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my name is Luke Lila I am 27 years old I am the food truck operations manager as well as as well as the general manager for Jamaica me hungry and my salary is variable so let's make me hungry is a food truck and catering company we also have a restaurant and we started off in 2012 as just like a personal chef in small party um events company and we got our first truck on the road 2015 opens up our first restaurant in 2016 and now we're here we have two trucks two food trucks a catering van a restaurant and we're working on growing and expanding some more you're making me hungry our food style is Jamaican cuisine with a little bit of a twist the twist is pretty much of the crazy imaginative fun things that came from our chef Arnie's head mixed with some of our just creativity and fun so my current role here at Jamaica be hungry I am really pretty much in charge of running the food truck itself so making sure that we have what we need on the food truck everything from the paper supplies to the food making sure that we have staffing for the truck knowing where the truck is going how to get it there and making sure the truck is always clean inside and out managing the staff putting together the schedules scheduling our prep time in the kitchen ordering food that we need to have done for prep coming care to cook the food which I do a little bit less of that now because I'm trying to really grab a hold on the trucks and of course driving the trucks so my job is to take the trucks out and make sure that they're not getting scratched and crashed and nobody is getting hit I also once we pull up on the location I serve the food I make sure that our customers are super happy all the time I kind of take the lead on making sure that our customers just getting the customer interaction piece going making sure that the customers are aware of who we are making sure we know who our customers are we've had customers that have been following us on the truck for the past two years and they come every day making sure that I know what they have so I don't even have to let them ask where I'm like alright I see you got you the most difficult part of my job is probably how physically demanding it is we're up on our feet all day which doesn't really bother me but other than that it's it's I do love it we were without a website for a little while because we had one that was built a while ago and it just it wasn't working so I took some time over the winter when it was kind of slow and I just hopped on a website and just really forced myself to sit there and learn how to build one last year it was like I don't know a week seemed to be like 14 to 15 days before it ever ended my salary is very variable and a big part of that reason is that I'm so invested in the business and making sure that the business is always successful when I first started working with a company full time we were teeny teeny tiny and now we're growing to be this huge thing we just want to make sure that we're able to maintain that so I can able to maintain the lifestyle and the job that we have and so over the winter time for example this past winter we did a or actually this past summer we did a lot of investing and opening up the restaurant getting lots of things done there so over the ones at time it was a crunch the trucks are not going out as much not making as much money a lot of people not as many people want to come out in the snow or in cold weather to get food from the food truck so the sacrifice does mean in terms of the salary to make sure that the food truck can keep running so that we can come back and get a salary in the summer time
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