Eric Ripert Takes Burger Lessons From McDonald’s

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"It may sound crazy coming from a French chef, but the inspiration behind this burger is actually McDonald's and Burger King," Eric Ripert told Salon.com about his preferred hamburger recipe. Alas, it's not the pale-gray meat or the heat lampinduced sogginess that gets him excited, it's the much more Le Bernardinappropriate precision with which these burgers are made: "All the elements are carefully controlled ... The way they cut the pickles, the way they cut the tomatoes, the way they slice the salad, and the size, obviously make those burgers perfect." [Salon]