Fancy chef tricks food writers into eating a bunch of McDonald's. And lovin' it, for a little while.
Several California food writers were surprised on Wednesday night when they discovered that the meal they were being served by Neal Fraser, a well-regarded Los Angeles chef and one-time Top Chef Masters contestant, was made out of McDonald's ingredients. The McDonald's publicity scheme, which was conceived by Southern California McDonald's owners by blessed by corporate, also featured McDonald's operators watching and listening to the meal through hidden cameras, because the only thing better than tricking people into eating food is spying on them while doing it.
While they were initially lulled into complacency by the fancy digs, the Orange County Register reports that the writers started feeling like something was up a few courses into the meal, because the food didn't seem like Fraser's normal cuisine.
The soup above was made out of McDonald's guacamole, and was reportedly the only dish that diners didn't totally finish. Other dishes, including burger-patty spicy meatballs, were more well-liked.