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Thanks for Inspiring Us: Chef Mike Dishes on Our Menu Innovations

December 10, 2018

Chef Mike with the Triple Breakfast Stack

We know what it’s like to crave a classic burger and fries. But sometimes we want something unique, like a hash brown on an Egg McMuffin® or Big Mac® sauce on our Filet-O-Fish®.

That’s why we’re all about giving you what you want. And what you want can be downright creative.

“Guests have always come in and created their own menu hacks,” says Chef Mike Haracz, manager of Culinary Innovation at McDonald’s. “So, if they’re in the restaurant and they want to order an Egg McMuffin®, but with Applewood smoked bacon instead of Canadian bacon, they can do that.”

Menu hacking is about more than just being able to customize — it’s like a whole new world of mix-and-match deliciousness. And when you put your unique twist on our menu, we know you love it.

“It’s not about what I like or what our team likes. We want to act on what our guests are requesting,” says Chef Mike.

We care about what you care about, and that goes deeper than our menu — it is at the core of our very building blocks and how we source our ingredients to Scale for Good.

“We totally understand our scope and scale,” says Chef Mike. “There are lots of moving pieces when we launch a new menu item, and we want to make sure we have enough of the product so we don’t run out.”

Whether it’s working to sustainably source our ingredients or tapping into your creativity to give you what you want, your experience is the key to how our menu both satisfies and serves our communities.

“Customers have always been at the center of whatever decisions we make,” says Chef Mike. “If it wasn’t for our customers, we would not be who we are.”

Take, for instance, one of our latest offerings: The Triple Breakfast Stacks, available for a limited time at participating restaurants.

“Guests have been hacking our menu for years,” says Chef Mike. “So we figured we’d create our own hack using the same classic McDonald’s breakfast items our customers already love.”

Each of the items in our Triple Breakfast Stacks are already available from our menu. They feature two slices of melty American cheese between two savory, hot sausage patties, topped with crispy, thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon and an egg — all layered between your choice of a toasted muffin, a buttery and flaky biscuit, or sweet and savory griddle cakes.

If you haven’t tried the Triple Breakfast Stacks yet (or if you want to try your hand at hacking it even more), be sure to visit your nearest McDonald’s before they’re gone. You can even have it sent straight to your door with McDelivery.