Dad Recreates Almost All Of McDonald's Menu During Lockdown For Competition
Just a few short months ago, many of us were longing for the day when McDonald's would open its doors again. And while lots of us attempted to make our own Big Macs and McNuggets, very few managed to improve on the original. That was until now, as one dad was challenged to recreate almost the entire Maccies menu and says it was better than the real thing.
Jamie Rust, from Essex, and a group of mates took on the Restaurant Roulette challenge run by Altons BBQ World and had to replicate classic dishes from some of the biggest chains around, such as KFC, Nando's and Pizza Express.
The 30-year-old, says he became quite the dab-hand behind the grill during lockdown, which he thinks gave him the edge.
Speaking to LADbible, he said: "I'm a keen BBQer, taking it more seriously during lockdown, because let's be honest, there's been bugger all else to do.
"And I've been really pushing myself to create new and interesting things on the BBQ."
So when the opportunity came up for him to test his skills, he didn't hold back, forking out £60 ($78) on the ingredients to make his own Big Mac, fries, Filet-O-Fish and apple pie.
In preparation, the dad-of one said he went down to his local branch which supplied him with the packaging so it looked a touch more authentic.
He said: "I cooked 99 percent of the whole menu, made my own Maccies uniform, and even made a custom Lego toy that looked like me with a set of tongs and a BBQ.
"The Sausage and Egg McMuffin and Chicken Legend were identical! Everything else was better than Maccies because of the fresh ingredients and seasoning."
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And he won, beating off competition from his eight challengers, with a top score of 9.9/10.
But when we asked him if it was good enough to make him forgo the real thing in future, Jamie admitted that with it taking 18 hours to make, he probably wouldn't go that far.
He said: "For convenience, though, I'd always visit Maccies, especially for breakfast after a heavy night!"
Jamie runs an Instagram account - @bro.n.slo - and has been sharing his love of all things barbecued over the past few months.
And after coming out on top, he is now through to the next round, where he's hoping to step things up a gear.
He added: "We've not agreed which five restaurants will be up for grabs but I'm hoping for Wagamama to really challenge me and see how creative I can get with the grill.
"I'd also like to have a go at something completely random, baking maybe. Krispy Kremes or something. I did a Simpsons-style doughnut at the start of lockdown and that was fun to recreate."
I think Ronald and the rest of them are gong to have to watch their backs.
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