The man who created one of the most essential ingredients to a late night out, the Big Mac, has died aged 98, after a long life that presumably consisted of more salad than it did sweet, sweet burgers.
Michael "Jim" Delligatti owned a number of McDonald's restaurants in Pittsburgh, and thought of the burger in the 1960s when he wanted to offer something bigger.
McDonald's weren't particularly keen on the idea, but Delligatti's brainwave of putting two of everything in one burger – patties, burger, sesame bun, lettuce, onion, pickles and much-heralded "secret sauce" – proved to be a winner, and it went on to become one of McDonald's most popular items.
Stores – and Big Mac fans – from around the world have been paying tribute to Delligatti and his invention.
that Delligatti's triumph took trial and error. "The first day we just used the regular bun, we didn't have any centre [bread] slice," Delligatti said in 2007.
"Making it that way made it very sloppy. The next day we put the centre slice in, and today it looks the same."
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Delligatti went on to own 48 McDonald's restaurants, and opened a Big Mac museum where visitors could be photographed next to a four-metre-wide replica of one of his inventions.
He died on Monday, surrounded by his family.
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