Big Mac: Inside the McDonald's Empire

About the Show

CNBC cameras and correspondent Carl Quintanilla traveled across the country and journeyed as far away as China to give viewers an unprecedented look at how a quick-serve hamburger stand grew into one of the most famous brands on the planet.

McDonald’s serves 52 million people daily. But only CNBC viewers will visit the company’s test kitchens…meet the head chef…and learn the secrets of the secret sauce!

You’ll never think of McDonald’s the same way again.

Web Extras

  • Big Mac: Back in the Day... Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 12:50 PM ET

    Click to take a look at how McDonald's evolved from its humble beginnings into a global fast-food powerhouse.

  • Did You Know? Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 12:50 PM ET

    Appetizing tidbits about McDonald's products.

  • Big Mac: Big Business     Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 12:01 AM ET

    Carl Quintanilla travels to Darien, CT, for a look inside one of the busiest McDonald's stores.

  • Climbing the Corporate Ladder     Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 12:00 AM ET

    Store ops mgr. Tyrone Davis talks about working his way up McDonald's corporate ladder.

  • In the Kitchen     Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 12:02 AM ET

    Go inside McDonald'€™s secret test kitchen, run by Chef Dan Coudreaut.

  • McDonald's Founder Ray Crock     Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 12:03 AM ET

    Ray Crock on how McDonald's was launched, from NBC's "Tomorrow Show" with Tom Snyder 1977.

  • Hamburger University     Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 12:04 AM ET

    McDonald's "Hamburger University" course on how to be a great McDonald'€™s employee (1976).

  • Hula Burger     Monday, 20 Aug 2007 | 12:05 AM ET

    The life and death of the McDonald'€™s "Hula Burger," with Tom Brokaw on NBC’s "Today Show," 1977.

  • Big Mac in China     Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 12:00 AM ET

    The fast-food giant's growth in China, with CNBC's Carl Quintanilla.

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  • Carl Quintanilla is an Emmy-winning reporter and co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street," broadcast live from the NYSE.

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