Adrià, Pépin Aren’t Clowning Around When They Defend McDonald’s

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Ferran Adri recently defended McDonalds to Londons Telegraph: I don't think people should come and say, 'McDonald's isn't good,' if you don't give me an alternative; what is the alternative, for the same price? It's like saying everybody should be driving an Aston Martin or Rolls-Royce. (Of course, weve already pointed out a superior $1.19 alternative the Wendys Jr. Bacon Cheeseburger.) Lets face it, whats your favorite fast-food burger is one of those questions food journalists just have to ask esteemed chefs, much like what do you listen to in the kitchen? (Metromix reveals today that Patrick Connolly of Bobo digs Clinic and Wilco!) Sure enough, today another food-world luminary, Jacques Ppin, dean of the French Culinary Institute, is forced to admit to being a Ronald fan. In a Q accompanying a profile of him, he tells Mens Vogue, I never feel guilty when I eat something I like, including french fries or a Big Mac. I don't do it often, but if I do, I do it with it gusto. I'm basically a glutton. Hey, nothing wrong with that, but Big Mac over Whopper? Really?

Visionaries Questionnaire: Jacques Ppin [Mens Vogue]
The Original Iron Chef [Mens Vogue]
World's most popular chef: I want to eat at McDonald's [Telegraph]