Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Al Bernardin, RIP
Al Bernardin, inventor of the McDonald's Quarter Pounder, recently died of a stroke. He was 81.
When it comes to McDonald's, I've always been a Big Mac man. However, I appreciate Bernardin's culinary creation and the lasting impact it's had on fast-food dining.
Al Bernardin's impact on McDonald's didn't stop with the Quarter Pounder though. Oh, no. He also was instrumental in developing McDonald's patented french fries, which might be the best-tasting item, overall, on the McDonald's menu.
More from the Chicago Tribune:
Mr. Bernardin's claim to fame came in 1971, when, as a franchise owner in Fremont, he introduced the Quarter Pounder, with the prophetic slogan, "Today Fremont, tomorrow the world."
"I felt there was a void in our menu vis-a-vis the adult who wanted a higher ratio of meat to bun," he said in 1991.
Mark Bernardin said his father's other important contribution to fast-food fare is the frozen french fry.
Mr. Bernardin moved to Fremont in 1970 after buying two company-owned franchises. At his height, he owned nine franchises and became a philanthropist.