Finish these sentences:
1. I love being a chef because… My heart has always been and will always be in the kitchen. Food is part art and part science, providing a limitless pathway for exploration and creativity.
2. Being a chef at McDonald’s… I am able to influence the way a lot of people eat when dining with us – more than 25 million customers per day.
3. If I wasn’t a chef, I would probably be… Either an artist or a farmer…maybe both.
What is a day-in-the-life of a chef at McDonald’s?
No two days are the same with my job, which keeps things pretty interesting. I could be in the test kitchens developing new recipes, in restaurants working with crew members to learn new menu items, or reviewing ingredients with suppliers. I learn something new almost every day and enjoy exploring ways to engage others in our food journey.
McDonald’s is making changes to the menu. What are you most excited about?
I’m most excited that we are getting back to basics and doing the simple things right. We are celebrating simple, quality & even seasonal ingredients – Real Butter, Cuties, Baby Kale & Spinach.
What is the most common question you’re asked when people find out you are a chef at McDonald’s?
How often do you eat there? The answer… almost every day.
What would surprise a lot of people to know about McDonald’s culinary team?
The culinary team includes disciplines that complement our chef team, and they do all the heavy lifting to bring our sometimes “crazy ideas” to life. We are a passionate group of foodies, chefs, food technologists, kitchen engineers, nutritionists, business professionals and dreamers.
What's your long-term goal for the McDonald's menu?
Do the basics well, embrace cooking, and bring more simple ingredients to the menu.
What is your favorite McDonald’s menu item?
Reese’s McFlurry with extra Reese’s or Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken… it’s all about balance.
What do you enjoy cooking for your family and friends?
I don’t have one thing I enjoy most, I just enjoy cooking for my family and friends in general. I have a gift for making something out of nothing, and look forward to producing a feast out of what most would consider an empty pantry.