Published: Wed, October 16, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Panera worker fired for revealing secret of mac and cheese

Panera worker fired for revealing secret of mac and cheese

A woman says she lost her job at Panera Bread because of a viral TikTok video she shared showing how the restaurant chain's mac and cheese is made: delivered frozen in plastic packets, warmed in a Value-Added Tax of water and served to customers after a cheeky little jiggle.

Some Panera customers teed off on the clip. leaving pissed off comments about the chain not dishing freshly cooked fare.

Ms Ramirez claims she was sacked after "exposing" a fast food chains method of making mac "n" cheese.

The video quickly went viral after it was shared on Twitter last Friday, where it garnered over 11 million views.

According to Panera, it sells more than 3 million mac-and-cheese servings a month "Our mac and cheese is made off site with our proprietary recipe developed by our chefs and using our sourced ingredients that met our standards for our clean menu offerings", the spokesperson said. "This allows us to avoid using preservatives which do not meet our clean standards".

When asked how her employers found out about the video Ms Ramirez said the story appeared on the local news.

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The employee cuts open the bag, places its insides into the bowl, and ends the video with a grinning thumbs-up.

In that the restaurant chain used frozen food. Fast casual eateries "offer consumers freshly-prepared, higher-quality food in an informal setting, with counter service to keep things speedy", the website Investopedia explains.

And voila, you've got yourself mac and cheese.

The employee is seen dropping a bag of frozen mac and cheese into hot water. "I will always love Panera and their food".

"I've said before that Panera bread Mac and cheese is garbage, and here is the proof", a Twitter user posted. "I WANT MY MONEY BACK!" another joked, suggesting people were foolish to ever think the meal, listed online at $6.99 for a large bowl, was concocted on-site from scratch.

For her part, the woman behind the video said she wouldn't be commenting any further on the situation. "Everything was completely justified", she tweeted.

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