Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa.
  • The CEO of McDonald's South Africa tried to re-create the Big Mac at home, using his own ingredients to make the company's secret sauce.
  • Across the world, people stuck in quarantine have tried to recreate fast-food favourites.
  • Burger King in France has published ads showing fans how to assemble a Whopper.
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Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa, has posted a video online to show South Africans how to make a Big Mac at home.

Thanking South Africans for staying home during a three-week lockdown amid the coronavirus crisis, Solomon said he missed the burger so much that he would attempt it to recreate it at home.

While his step-by-step instructions featured an obligatory hand sanitising, it was a bit low on details, however.

He used two beef patties, freshly baked buns sprinkled with sesame seeds (no recipe provided, pickles, onions, shredded iceberg lettuce and the “special sauce”.

The ingredients include McDonald's "special sauce".

According to the McDonalds social media team, who tweeted his video, the sauce – which is not available in South African shops – was improvised using ingredients from his kitchen.

McDonald’s has not divulged the exact recipe for the sauce, ever, although it reportedly has more than 30 ingredients.

In his book Even More Top Secret Recipes: More Amazing Kitchen Clones of America's Favorite Brand-Name Foods, chef Todd Wilbur published a simplified recipe of the sauce. According to The Sun newspaper, it comprisedhalf a cup of mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons of French dressing, 4 teaspoons of sweet pickle relish, 1 tablespoon of finely minced white onion, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt

“I can't wait for the real thing, but for now this will have to do,” Solomon said in the video, about his Big Mac.           

Solomon joined McDonald’s in 1996 as a project manager in the construction department and was appointed managing director of the company in 2009.

Across the world, people in quarantine have been making their own versions of fast food.

READ | Amid govt infighting, SA becomes one of the only countries to ban food deliveries

After it closed its outlets in France, Burger King published ads helping its fans to assemble their own Whoppers during this difficult period.

French Burger King ad.


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