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.

  • In the Kitchen

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

  • 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.

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  • Carl Quintanilla

    Carl Quintanilla is co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" and "Money Movers"