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Big Mac creator Michael James 'Jim' Delligatti dies aged 98

Remigio Civitarese | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:45

Though recent years have seen a decrease in the popularity of the Big Mac, some statistics show only 1 in 5 millennials have eaten a Big Mac, this burger is still the flagship item of the McDonald's menu.

Delligatti also pioneered the hotcakes and sausage meal to cater to steelworkers who wanted to get a hot breakfast after working the overnight shift at the steel plant. But why would anybody want an extra bun in the middle of their hamburger? But 1955 is when the magic began: Delligatti bought his first McDonald's franchise for $1,500, and went on to operate 47 additional locations throughout Pennsylvania. He split it in three and assembled the Big Mac as the world knows it today, with a special sauce of his own devising.

However, McDonald's in 1985 honored Esther Glickstein Rose with coming up for a name for the burger and presented her with a plaque etched with a likeness of the best-selling sandwich and french fries between the Golden Arches.

But Delligatti came up with the Big Mac in 1967, and revolutionised the burger scene. This news story is related to Latest/169064-Big-Mac-creator-dies-at-98/ - breaking news, latest news, pakistan ne. The firm relented, but while it says it has since sold billions of the sandwiches, it admits Delligatti never received a penny in royalties. The funeral for Big Mac inventor Jim Delligatti is scheduled for Saturday near Pittsburgh.

He ate at least one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades, according to the fast-food fan's son.

The Big Mac has been used as a reference point by the Economist for 30 years to compare the cost of living in different countries - a concept called the Big Mac Index.

The person behind McDonald's iconic Big Mac has died.

McDonald's tweeted a message on Wednesday celebrating Delligatti's contribution to the fast-food company where he was a franchisee. "The bulb was already there". He forced the burger giant's hand by offering his insane new menu item in all of his outlets, and became one the greatest unsung innovators of all time in the process. During the second world war, Delligatti served as a sergeant in the U.S. army in Europe.

"Jim was a legendary franchisee within McDonald's System who made a lasting impression on our Brand". Jim, we thank and will forever remember you.

Survivors include his wife, Ellie, and two sons, James and Michael.

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