Pranksters at work

Josh Elliott, Published Friday, October 24, 2014 8:37AM EDT
How did two pranksters dupe food snobs into raving about McDonald’s

Wrap a chicken burger in wax paper and it’s fast food, but stick a toothpick in it and you’ve got yourself some organic, high-class cuisine.
That’s the strategy two Dutch pranksters used at a food show in the Netherlands, where they tricked seasoned food critics into believing McDonald’s food was actually a new, organic fast food alternative.
In a video posted to YouTube, the two men buy some McDonald’s and use a chef’s knife to slice up the greasy fast food into bite-sized morsels for a food show. Then, they asked food connoisseurs at the event to compare their “organic” offerings to traditional McDonald’s fare.
“It’s definitely a lot tastier than McDonald’s. You can just tell this is a lot more pure,” one woman says in the video, which includes English subtitles.
“Rolls around the tongue nicely,” another critic says. “If it were wine, I’d say it’s fine.”
“It’s just a pure organic product, and that makes it very tasty,” another man says.
The two pranksters filmed the episode for the television show “Life Hunters.” Aside from the bite-sized chicken burgers, they also offered chopped up melons, Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, Chicken McNuggets and McDonald’s muffins with barbeque sauce.
“If you tell people that something is organic, they’ll automatically believe it’s organic,” prankster Cedrique says after the food show.

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Oct. 24, 2014
1:18 PM
@Canadian Guy, he wasn’t making fun of people with legitimate gluten-free needs. Lighten up please.
Calgary Joe
Oct. 24, 2014
1:06 PM
I had never realized the concern over MCD was the taste, I always though it was the incredibly horrible components and effects it has on your body. I love reading the comments from the ignorant who feel that GMO and such actually increase yield. Just gobble up anything your fed in multiple ways hey haha
Oct. 24, 2014
1:05 PM
I think this also goes to show those who say they are food experts, foodies, bloggers etc, haven’t any more idea of good vs. bad then the average Joe. Can’t stand those terms… i take a picture of food and tweet it… suddenly i’m a food expert. and for the record, I enjoy a big mac attack once in a while!
ex part-time sommelier
Oct. 24, 2014
12:51 PM
Reminds me of an incident when, in the mid-1950’s I “worked” as a fill-in sommelier in an English hotel. The wine I recommended with the meal ordered by one gentleman was shunned after I poured the first taste. He asked for the wine list and smugly ordered a replacement. I took the order and the bottle of shunned wine back to the wine cellar where chef proceeded to pour the wine into a bottle labelled with the one chosen. Then he corked it. I returned to the table, opened the bottle and once again offered the man the traditional taste. He oohed and aahed over the much better wine and palate and all the other gobbledygook. I had a hard time refraining from bursting out laughing but managed to do so until I had poured the remainder of the wine for his party and left the table. We repeated the procedure with the second bottle he ordered. Wine and Food snobs are a joke.
Oct. 24, 2014
12:04 PM
Organic is not only expensive, it’s terrible for the environment. The difference in yield is immense, so more crop land is needed. If more crop land is needed, more forests will be torn down to create it. In delicate environments in places like Brazil and Congo, organic farming causes immense damage to the local environment; and for what? Just so spoiled yuppies can have their organic quinoa and goji berries.