Eric Ripert Takes Burger Lessons From McDonald’s

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“It may sound crazy coming from a French chef, but the inspiration behind this burger is actually McDonald’s and Burger King,” Eric Ripert told Salon.com about his preferred hamburger recipe. Alas, it’s not the pale-gray meat or the heat lamp–induced sogginess that gets him excited, it’s the much more Le Bernardin–appropriate precision with which these burgers are made: “All the elements are carefully controlled … The way they cut the pickles, the way they cut the tomatoes, the way they slice the salad, and the size, obviously make those burgers perfect.” [Salon]