ECC U COOK Station

As you may have noticed, walking into ECC to grab some food, a new station has recently opened up. This station, U COOK, offers students the ability to customize and cook their meals themselves.

“This station allows students to get involved in making their food, learn some cooking skills and make a plate of exactly what they would like. It also creates a differentiator in variety within our campus dining restaurants,” said Staci DeSimone (she/her), the general manager. In her capacity as general manager DeSimone is in charge of a variety of tasks, including gathering and following up on feedback from students and staff.

U COOK currently offers a waffle station in the morning, and lunch and dinner feature a stir fry and pasta station, each offering different vegetable, sauce, and protein options. This station will only continue to evolve throughout the year, as the staff will begin to add new and exciting things to it.

Lately, it has been rare to eat at ECC and not see someone cooking themselves a meal at U COOK, and in the station’s first few weeks it has been a huge hit among the BSU community!

“Here at BSU, we are always looking for new ways to engage our students and build variety. This station is a concept that Sodexo designed and has begun to roll out to many of our Universities that we operate at. After looking at the success at other locations and seeing the program in action we knew it would be a good fit for the students here at BSU,” explained DeSimone regarding BSU’s decision to open the station.

DeSimone recommended that students, “Try it all and ask for help! Our Executive Chefs are always available to assist and teach. Personally, I love pasta with chicken, every vegetable and either marinara or Alfredo sauce!”

Be sure to check out U COOK at ECC, and to keep going back to see how this new station continues to change and grow to support and challenge our new population of student chefs!


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