With vast experience at venues such as the American Airlines Arena ( in Miami), the Kentucky Derby, and Super Bowls, Chef John Nicely now also plans huge culinary events at Orlando’s Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic basketball team. With his unique talent and exceptional operations skills, Nicely serves tens of thousands of cheering fans at some of the world’s largest events. And when more than 18,500 bas-basketball fans show up for a game, expecting great food and great basket-ball, he puts his creative as well as operations talent to work.

Prepare a bill of material explosion and total cost for the 216 portions of Cheeto Crusted Mac & Cheese.
What is the cost per portion? How much less expensive is the Cheeto Crusted Mac & Cheese than Chef John’s alternative creation, the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, shown in Figure 14.9 of this chapter?
Assuming that there is no beginning inventory of the Cheeto Crusted Mac & Cheese and cooking time for the entire 216 portions is 0.6 hours, when must preparationbegin?

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