updated - April 17, 2015 Friday EDT
McDonald's is typically associated with a quick, easy and typically unhealthy meal. It may appear curious why a self-confessed food snob and a chef trained at Michelin starred restaurants would confess to enjoying a Big Mac meal here and there.
Chaitali Waychal, a chef, responded to a Quora thread which asked "why do people love eating at McDonald's?" Her answer was not only honest but it also showed how easy it is for consumers to become addicted to McDonald's meals.
"I am a trained chef and a self-confessed food snob," Waychal writes. "Despite my education in one of the finest cooking schools in Paris and training in classical Michelin starred restaurants, I couldn't be happier chowing down a BigMac meal with large fries."
Quora - a question-and-answer website created, edited and organized by its community of users - served as the platform for this interesting dialogue between users.
Waychal revealed the four main reasons she thinks people eat at McDonald's.
It's comforting due to the fact that it's consistent in quality. A BigMac or an order of chicken nuggets will taste similar in almost every McD in the world. When you just arrive in a new place and haven't had time to scope out the food scene, the options are usually a seedy local bistro which might try to pass off dishwater for French onion soup, (and charge you 20 bucks for it) or a cheap, tried and tested McDonald's. It's a lot more comforting to choose something familiar then try something scary and foreign.
McDonald's is open late, sometimes even 24H and generally on weekends. I cannot stress how incredibly convenient it is to have a place that serves hot food when everything else is closed. I found this to be especially in European countries where restaurants/general stores/cafes normally shut down on weekends.
Golden fried nuggets dunked in delicious BBQ sauce.
Crispy fries showered liberally with salt and served piping hot
Deliciously sweet, effervescent Coke poured over ice cubes.
Not only do they sound good, but taste good too! McDonald's very cleverly caters to the basic stimulants of Salt/Fat/Sugar. Once you start eating it, you become addicted to the heady combination.
Say what you will, but McD has pretty good service. It may not always be friendly, but it's always rapid and efficient. And in some locations, you can simply order a burger off the dollar menu and mooch off the free WiFi for however long you wish.
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