Former McDonald's Chef Reveals What NOT to Order at Mickey D's

Ordering this way will McMaximize your chances of lovin’ it.

Former McDonald’s corporate chef Mike Haracz spills industry secrets about the Golden Arches. He shares the best and worst things to order.

Haracz managed Culinary Innovation for McDonald’s US menu for four years. He developed new items and conducted sensory and quality testing.

During his time, he learned many tricks of the trade. Now, he posts video exposés on TikTok to over 300,000 followers.

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Recently, he revealed what and what not to order at McDonald’s.

He clarified to Jam Press that his recommendations were based on personal taste preferences. He assured there is nothing to worry about food safety-wise.

First, he wouldn’t order the iconic bagel breakfast sandwich as is. “The folded egg tends to be dry and lack flavor,” he said. He advises getting the bun steamed due to a recent dip in quality.

Haracz has over 20 years of food industry experience. His favorite item is the “double-quarter pounder with cheese” due to the beef quality.

McDonald’s swapped frozen patties for fresh ones in this sandwich years ago. But, he says, eat it within minutes to taste the difference. “If you wait too long, the quality improvements are lost,” he warned.

He noted that the sheer volume limits the menu variety. “There might not be enough of an ingredient in the world to support it,” Haracz explained. Understaffing can also impact quality.

Ordering correctly is crucial as McDonald’s has jacked up prices by more than 100% over the last decade. That’s more than three times the rate of inflation.

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