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Former McDonald’s chef reveals why they don’t have knives in their kitchens

Mia Williams

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Former McDonald’s chef reveals why they don’t have knives in their kitchens

Featured Image Credit: TikTok/chefmikeharacz / Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

A former McDonald’s chef has revealed on TikTok the simple reason behind why staff don’t have access to knives in the kitchen.

Mike Haracz is a chef who used to work at McDonald’s, and he’s become a sensation on TikTok after sharing with people all the secret things you don’t know unless you work there…we definitely want a piece of this!

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He shares with his viewers how staff curate the menu, how you can order items off a secret menu, and a whole lot more.

In a recent video, he answered a question from a fan which said: “Random question: If I wanted McDonald’s to cut a burger in half for me, do they even have access to a knife to do that?”

And the short answer?

No they don’t.

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Mike Haracz is a chef that used to work at McDonald’s, and he’s become a sensation on TikTok. Credit: Brett Jordan on Unsplash
Mike Haracz is a chef that used to work at McDonald’s, and he’s become a sensation on TikTok. Credit: Brett Jordan on Unsplash

Mike revealed that McDonald’s workers do not have access to knives in the kitchen, and it’s actually a really simple reason.

In the clip, the chef said: “They do not have a knife because there is nothing in the McDonald’s restaurant that the crew need to chop or cut for any reason.

“Cheese comes in cut, tomatoes come in pre-sliced, lettuce comes shredded.

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“I think there’s lemon wedges, if there’s like lemon for tea, but that has a lemon wedger or a citrus wedger… contraption.”

As an outsider, it seems like the giant system is set-up to be as time-efficient as possible.

"There is nothing they would need a knife for.” Credit: Visual Karsa on Unsplash
"There is nothing they would need a knife for.” Credit: Visual Karsa on Unsplash

He continued: “Onions are already cut, dehydrated onions are dehydrated and mashed up, so there is nothing they would need a knife for.”

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However, he did make a note in the video that ‘pouches and similar items’ need to be opened, but a knife is never what they are allowed to resort to.

Instead there is McDonald’s approved equipment which they can use for opening certain packages.

Viewers rushed to the comments over concerns of how on earth they will be able to have their burger cut up.

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And one had experienced the alleged ordeal, and said: “They actually used a spatula.

“They did it for me.”

Another person in shock said: “A kitchen with no knives is wild!!

“Surely they’d use a plastic or wooden knife?”

An ex-McDonald’s worker shared what they were told while working at the fast food chain: “I was told we can’t cut anything in half because that changes the serving size, and we don’t sell smaller servings, so it would be misleading and wrong to serve a product that isn’t accurate to the calorie info we share.”

Topics: News, McDonalds, Food and Drink

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