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

  • McDonald's Drive-In Re-Opened in 1948

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

  • Appetizing tidbits about McDonald's products.

  • Big Mac: Big Business

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

  • Climbing the Corporate Ladder

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

  • In the Kitchen

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

  • McDonald's Founder Ray Crock

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

  • Hamburger University

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

  • Hula Burger

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

  • Big Mac in China

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

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  • Carl Quintanilla

    Carl Quintanilla is a principal anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" and "Squawk Alley"