Go Inside the Secret Test Kitchen Where McDonald's Invents New Menu Items

McDonald's Test Kitchen
McDonald's Test Kitchen

By Kim Bhasin

We visited McDonald's global headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., and the company gave us a peek inside its test kitchen.

Tucked within the walls of the Campus Office Building, the Culinary Center seems to be in a peculiar place. It's surrounded by endless cubicles and corporate-folk.

But inside the kitchen, there's serious work being done.

"It's not just chefs playing in the kitchen," said Chef Jessica Foust, a nutrition and culinary manager at the test kitchen.

Every menu item takes years of planning to develop and organize. Different countries, screening, volume -- it's quite the effort, she said.

So, what's it look like in there? See for yourself.

Disclosure: McDonald's provided travel and accommodations for the trip.


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