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The Dutch Chef Turning the Big Mac into Haute Cuisine

Mental Floss logoMental Floss 13/07/2016 Rob Leane

The Big Mac, as you more than well know, is the signature item on the menu of Planet Earth's largest restaurant chain. Approximately 550 million of them are bought per year in the USA alone. 

You can call the Big Max yummy, you can call it dangerously unhealthy, but one thing you can't call it is haute cuisine. It may be the most popular burger in the world, but it's not a particularly classy meal. decided to try and change this. They set a challenge for top chef Jaimie van Heije, to reinvent the Big Mac as a high class dish and see how people react. The rules of the challenge stipulated that he had to use all but one of the Big Mac ingredients, but could add two extra herbs if he wanted. Here's what happened...

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You wouldn't think it was possible to make something so different - that would please all those chefs - using Big Mac ingredients, would you? I'm not sure the haute cuisine Big Mac will take off, but I'm impressed. And I'd really like to try one... 

What next, a deconstructed Dominos?

McDonald's Breakfast Items Ranked by Healthiness: <p>From “<a href="">Super Size Me</a>” to “<a href="">Fast Food Nation</a>,” the world’s most iconic fast food joint has been at the barrel end of the health crusader’s gun for over a decade. While much of the criticism aimed at McDonald’s restaurants is arguably justified (see the nutrition information for the <a href="">hotcakes and large biscuit breakfast meal</a>), not all of their menu items are nutritional abominations. </p><p>Still, regular consumption of McDonald's isn't the best nutritional choice. Not only did documentary filmmaker <a href="">Morgan Spurlock’s health</a> deteriorate much faster than expected when consuming Micky D’s for 30 days straight in “Super Size Me,” but McDonald’s own employee resource page, <a href="">McResource</a>, used to warn against fast-food consumption. Since the media caught wind of this hypocrisy in 2013, the page has been taken down. </p><p>To examine the healthiness of the McDonald’s breakfast menu, the experts at <a href="">HealthGrove</a>, part of the <a href="">Graphiq</a> network, analyzed the data to rank all the breakfast items by HealthGrove’s <a href="">Nutrient Score</a>. This rating system looks at the amount of good nutrients compared to the amount of bad nutrients in one serving of food.</p><p>To rank the list and avoid ties, HealthGrove calculated nutrient scores to the nearest thousandth. The team then translated each of these scores to simple letter grades from F to A+. </p> McDonald's Breakfast Items Ranked by Healthiness
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