The creator of the Big Mac, one of the signature hamburgers of the McDonald’s fast food franchise, has died.
You might not know his name but you undoubtedly know his famous sandwich, and many of us remember singing its ingredients along with a commercial in the 1970s: “Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”
Michael “Jim” Delligatti, died Monday night at his home outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, cooked up the idea of the Big Mac while operating his own McDonald’s franchise in the Pittsburgh area in 1965, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The concoction, whose ingredients became part of a advertising jingle – two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun – was adopted by McDonald’s nationwide in 1968, after initial resistance.
“I never would have dreamed that my creation would turn into a piece of Americana,” Delligatti once said.