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BURGER KING is doing something very unexpected. Today, even the biggest fast food restaurants are trying to give their food a healthy spin. Kale at McDonald’s? Instead, BK is going back to their roots and is launching a grilled hot dog.
Naturally, they had hip hop star Snoop Dogg star in their commercial.
From The Daily Mail:
In an attempt to knock the notion that their food is substandard, McDonald's marketing executives had a renowned chef make a five-course meal with the fast-food chain's ingredients and invited a group of food critics to give their opinion.
About 40 foodies who were invited to the event had no idea what they were walking into, other than that Los Angeles-based chef Neal Fraser, a former Top Chef Masters competitor and chef/owner of the well-respected Redbird restaurant, was preparing the 'experimental' meal.
It was only at the end of the dinner - which included courses of chilled avocado soup and coffee custard - that Fraser revealed the fact that he had used the same ingredients sourced by the Golden Arches.
The reveal left some in the room genuinely shocked, while other critics felt betrayed by Fraser for selling out and luring them into what amounts to a McDonald's advertising campaign.
Fraser told the OC Register that he initially declined McDonald's challenge to craft the dinner, but eventually agreed when he realized that the chain's ingredients weren't so different from the products he uses at Redbird. Redbird even uses the same chicken supplier - Tyson - as McDonald's. He was also paid an undisclosed amount to take part in the event.
The dinner was held on February 3 at the Carondelet House in Los Angeles and an invitation for the event promised only 'a night of culinary exploration'.
The first course was a chilled avocado soup with a dollop of sour cream. Fraser says the addition of sour cream was the only ingredient not used at the chain that was included on the menu.
Next came a green salad with bacon, tomato, garlic croutons and a buttermilk dressing. A trio of spicy meatballs in a tomato sauce, followed by bacon-wrapped chicken on a bed of corn and potato hash made up the more hefty portion of the meal. Diners were given a final course of coffee custard with blueberries and a maple crumble for dessert.
At the end of the meal, Fraser came out and asked his guests to guess what the meal was made from and someone reportedly yelled out 'Golden arches'.
While that suggests Fraser didn't trick everyone in the room, the publicity stunt was apparently successful enough that McDonald's plans to post video of the dinner online later this month.
Throughout the meal, diners were encouraged to tweet and Instagram their meal with the hashtag #atasteofsocal, and many of the reviews were positive.
However, critics who attended the event and spoke out after the big reveal say that it was clear something was 'off' with the meal and some even feel betrayed by Fraser for selling out and luring them into the publicity stunt.
'It seemed a little off from what he normally serves,' Danielle Salmon who writes for a food blog called Follow My Gut said, according to The Guardian. 'We were thinking it was a weird secret ingredient.'
Sarah Bennett told LA Weekly that she knew right off the bat that something was wrong, and is upset with how the dinner has been portrayed as a genuine surprise in some media accounts.
'The first course was straight pepper and cold avocado in a bowl, which made me decide that Neal was not actually in the kitchen,' she said.
Bennett added: 'I did not know it was McDonald's, but I did know very early on that this was not food that fit the quality of the golden silverware they were having me eat it with, much less anything that Neal Fraser would ever f*** with at any of his restaurants.'
She even claims that she was seated next to an actor at the dinner 'whose only job was to smile as he ate for "reaction shots."'
'Neal apologized a few times afterward, saying, "Please don't hate me," but now I kind of do.
'As a journalist with a genuine interest in his projects, he wasted my time with a fake dinner where he served me sh***y food that I didn't eat just so that some McDonald's franchise owner could be like "See? We use real food in our restaurants!"
'I did not feel duped as much by the food as I did by the chef who used his name value to lure all these unsuspecting, eager food bloggers (and a few food media professionals) into some publicity stunt that only makes me never want to eat McDonald's that much more,' Bennett added.
Fraser suspected there would be a few opinions like Bennett's when he took on the challenge, telling the OC Register before the reveal that 'I just hope no one hits me'.
When reached for comment by Eater, Fraser defended his decision to take part in the experiment.
'It was an intriguing experiment. The challenge was the draw. Is it controversial? Sure. But this is also a means to keep the conversation going,' the chef said.
A marketing company that works for McDonald's organized the event and some of the funding likely came from corporate.
Via The Daily Mail
COLUMBUS, Neb. (WOWT) -- A clash between a customer and the company: the video captured at a Columbus, Nebraska drive-through went viral recently.
Just two hours into the New Year, Jonathan Ramos arrived at the McDonald’s drive-through window. His frustration in trying to place an order is evident in the use of his car horn, something, he himself, doesn't hear. It struck a nerve with one of the employees.
Video captured an employee’s response: "You can leave or I'm going to call police. Do you get that one?"
After exchanging texts and emails, WOWT 6 News met with Ramos outside the restaurant. We used a legal pad to write down any follow-up questions and answers during the interview.
He said he wanted to order a #9. He explained he usually types the information on his phone and then shows the order to the employee.
Because of his disability, he felt the workers were ignoring him by leaving the window.
After this exchange, Ramos said the employees need a serious lesson in dealing with hearing- impaired customers.
The owners of this McDonald's told WOWT it was a matter of misunderstanding and miscommunication. They said that earlier in the video when workers left the window on New Year's Day, they weren't discriminating against Jonathan, but getting a pen and paper to get the order.
From Jonathan Ramos' cellphone video, workers wrote this note: "You need to leave or we will call the police."
Employees did call police, saying that he refused to move forward in the drive through.
The owners tell WOWT 6 News that his minute-long video is only part of the story; that their own driver-though security cameras paint a different picture of Ramos disrupting a busy drive-through by honking his horn for nine minutes before turning his own video recorder on. Ramos disputes that account.
When asked if he thought it was all a misunderstanding, Ramos shrugged his shoulders. Ramos went on to explain that there’s no excuse for how he was treated. He plans to sue for discrimination.
For the restaurant's part, owners admit tempers flared but that neither side communicated well. They said deaf customers usually bypass the speaker and go straight to the window to hand them a piece of paper with the order.
After the incident, the McDonald’s now keeps a pad and pen near the drive-through window in order to better communicate with the deaf community.
Ramos hopes he's opened some eyes for every worker when it comes to dealing with those with a disability. He wishes more drive-through restaurants would add cameras near the ordering speaker so the deaf community could easier communicate with the employees.
The McDonald's owners in Columbus say Jonathan Ramos is welcome at the restaurant any time.
Gator wasn’t on the menu but one did make an appearance inside a Wendy’s just east of Loxahatchee in Royal Palm Beach. And it wasn’t by choice.
A Jupiter man threw it through the restaurant’s drive-thru window, according to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission incident report.
It happened in October, but the suspect was just taken into custody by U.S. Marshals.
FWC officials say 23-year-old Joshua James pulled up for his order and after a server handed over a drink and turned around James reached into the back of his truck and tossed the 3-and-a-half foot gator through the drive-thru window.
The incident report showed a picture of the gator inside the restaurant.
James faces charges of aggravated assault and unlawful possession and transportation of an alligator.
FWC said James admitted to picking up the gator on the side of Southern Boulevard and bringing it to the fast food restaurant.
During his first court appearance Tuesday morning a judge ordered James to stay out of all Wendy's restaurants, to avoid contact or possession with any animals other than his mother's dog, to undergo a mental health evaluation and to avoid possessing any weapons. If he fails a random drug and alcohol test his bond will be rescinded. Bond was set at $6,000.
The alligator was later released in a nearby canal.