Michael ‘Jim’ Delligatti, creator of the Big Mac, died aged 98 in his home surrounded by family on November 28th 2016
The Big Mac first made it’s appearance in one of his restaurants in 1968. It features two-patty burgers with lettuce, cheese, gherkins, onions and “special sauce”, which went out to his other 47 outlets across the US after being an instant hit.
The “secret sauce” contains ingredients such as salted egg yolks, mustard, onion, garlic and relish; however it is supposed to be a challenge to recreate the exact mix.
A bottle of the sauce was auctioned off last year, which attracted bids of more than £12,000.
The well-known Big Mac contains 508 calories in the UK and is currently now sold in more than 100 countries in the world.
After inventing the burger, Delligatti went on to run 48 McDonald’s branches.
He also created the Egg McMuffin in 1970 which appeared on the breakfast menu two years later.
McDonald’s quoted Delligatti saying:
I would never have dreamed that my creation would turn into a piece of Americana.
Delligatti’s invention was nearly rejected by McDonald’s as they were satisfied that their traditional meals consisting of a hamburger, fries and a milkshake.
Since then the firm has sold billions of the sandwiches however, they have admitted that Delligatti has never received a penny in ‘royalties’ even though the company sells around 550 million a year.
The McDonald’s franchisee, whose full name was actually Michael James Delligatti, invented the Big Mac whilst running his restaurant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It is known that he ate at least one Big Mac every week for decades.
A statement was released through McDonald’s, in which Delligatti’s family said he was a: “spirited and generous philanthropist” who helped refugee families get treatment for their children; as well as this he also supported other charities.
He also served as a sergeant in the US army in Europe in the second world war.
McDonald’s paid tribute to Delligatti by calling him a: “legendary franchisee” who was said to have made a: “lasting impression”.