What can you do to transform ingredients from classic McDonald’s menu items? It turns out, a lot! I was recently invited to watch culinary students at the Art Institute of Michigan-Novi take on that exact challenge, issued by Chef Jessica Foust, RD, Manager of Nutrition & Culinary for McDonald’s USA.
The student chefs were given one hour to create a new dish, using only the ingredients available at any McDonald’s restaurant. They chopped, whisked, fried, sauteed and executed some other ninja-chef maneuvers in the busy kitchen, as instructors, photographers and McDonald’s representatives observed.
Students then presented their dishes to Chef Jessica Foust for critique. Here’s just a taste of what they cooked up (pun completely intended):
A fun take on empanadas using tortillas.
Other dishes included a crispy fish wrap, biscuits & gravy, cocktail meatballs and so much more.
Students were given feedback on their dishes, though this wasn’t a competition, so no “Top Chef” was declared; however, everyone turned out a winner. After students presented their dishes, it was McDonald’s turn to present something to the school — a donation in the amount of $10,000 for the school’s scholarship fund.
Now, thanks to the awesome sponsor of this post (McDonald’s, in case that isn’t quite clear yet), you can be a winner too!
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