Man who invented the Big Mac passes away at 98

  • Michael James Delligatti, the inventor of the Big Mac, passed away at 98 years old
  • He created the iconic burger in 1967
  • He and his family owned a total of 48 restaurants in his lifetime

The man credited as the creator of the famous fast-food burger Big Mac has passed away.

Michael James Delligatti, who was also known as Jim, died of old age; surrounded by his family in their home in suburban Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Delligatti was 98 years old.

In 1967, as an owner of a local McDonald’s restaurant, Delligatti introduced a new item in their menu, which then consisted of only simple burgers, fries and drinks.

He took a double hamburger with two beef patties, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions, topped with a special sauce. And thus, the Big Mac was born.

Later on, he got permission from the company to sell this new item and after sale jumped by 12 percent, the fast-food chain began advertising the new Big Mac in different parts of the United States as well.

The creation of the Big Mac eventually led to other innovative menu items for the fast-food giant, including the Egg McMuffin and Filet-o-Fish.

“This wasn’t like discovering the light bulb. The bulb was already there. All I did was screw it in the socket,” he once said, as quoted by an article previously published by ABS-CBN News.

Delligatti and his family eventually went on to running 48 McDonald’s restaurants.

“Jim was a legendary franchisee within McDonald’s system who made a lasting impression on our brand. We will remember Jim as an insightful franchisee, a knowledgeable businessman, and an honorable gentleman who left a legacy of four generations of family members running great restaurants in Pennsylvania and North Carolina,” the company said in a statement, as quoted from Fortune.