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Former McDonald's chef debunks biggest misconception about the fast food chain

Niamh Shackleton

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Former McDonald's chef debunks biggest misconception about the fast food chain

Featured Image Credit: SOPA Images / Contributor/Instagram/@chefmikeharacz

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably (at some point) seen Mike Haracz's face pop up on your TikTok feed.

Mike has shot to fame of the video sharing platform - where he boasts 211,000 followers - by sharing insider information about McDonald's.

He worked as the Manager of Culinary Innovation for the US menu between 2015 to 2019 and, while chatting to UNILAD, he described his former role as helping to 'develop, optimize, test, and help launch new menu items with a variety of supplier partners'.

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With that in mind, it's safe to say that Mike knows his onions and has been sharing all kinds of content on TikTok about the global fast food chain.

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He's previously discussed why McDonald's ketchup tastes different to Heinz, as well as why the US menu rarely changes - and now Mike's shared some exclusive information with us.

One question we asked Mike was what menu item he thinks should be brought back, and he wants the famed fried apple pie back.

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It was removed from menus way back in 1992.

"I think the fried apple pies were far superior to the current offering," Mike told UNILAD.

"Also, so many people want the snack wrap back, so I don’t know why McDonald's hasn’t figured that out yet," he added.

In regards to making some items on the menu permanent, I hate to break it to you folks, but Mike doesn't think the McRib will be one of them.

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Mike doesn't think the McRib will become a permanent menu item. Credits: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images
Mike doesn't think the McRib will become a permanent menu item. Credits: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP via Getty Images

As to why, he explained: "People buy usually 1 or 2 a season before they order their standard items."

We also asked him what one of the biggest misconceptions about McDonald's food is.

"No one believes me when I tell them McDonald’s burgers are 100% beef," he shared.

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"I have been to a few of the facilities where the beef is ground and formed so I have seen it will my own eyes - as well as the legality of the ingredient statements.

"They can't just add filler without disclosing it per government regulation."

Mike Haracz worked as a corporate McDonald's chef for 4 years. Credits: chefmikeharacz/Instagram
Mike Haracz worked as a corporate McDonald's chef for 4 years. Credits: chefmikeharacz/Instagram

Some have you may have also noticed that McDonald's restaurants have become undeniably more modern and corporate-looking over the years, ditching its previous Ronald McDonald heavy marketing.

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Commenting on this, Mike explained: "They wanted to modernize their appearance to hopefully attract more ‘non-family’ eating occasion customers."

Whether you're six years old or 60 years old, I think we can all agree that McDonald's is appealing to everyone.

Follow Mike on TikTok for more behind-the-scenes information about McDonald's.

Topics: News, Food and Drink, TikTok, McDonalds

Niamh Shackleton
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