Launched this week: Famous Michelin chef creates Bearnaise-burger for McDonald’s

by Shellie Boudreau

Usually, Paul Cunningham, the famous two-star Michelin chef, makes dinners to-the-tune-of 1700 kr per head.

But when McDonald’s launched a new Bernaise-burger this week, it was the aforementioned chef from Henne Kirkeby Kro near Varde who was the mastermind behind the food.

In an interview with Politiken, he explains his idea:

“It’s like beef bearnaise – but as a burger,” Paul Cunningham says to Politiken.

Firstly, a brioche bun encloses the burger. On the bottom is a smoked onion puree topped with a layer of toothpick thin crispy french fries, salad, pickles. Then comes the steak and bearnaise sauce.  The sauce is like a mayonnaise packed with tarragon and vinegar.

And then everything is tempered.

On the menu-card until April

The burger is now on the menu in McDonald’s’ restaurants in Aalborg and across Denmark and will remain so until April 12, 2021. It costs 60 kr.

The idea of a talented gourmet chef going all in to create a burger is not entirely new.

One of the world’s best restaurants, Noma, opened a burger bar in Copenhagen, and this summer, local chef Michael Miv Pedersen from Restaurant Tabu also dived into the burger menu for a few weeks by creating a burger and wine bar concept.

A concept that Aalborg dwellers absolutely adore.

Now it will be exciting to learn if the Bearnaise-burger at McDonald’s’ will be a hit.  Also note, that the local Grillen Burgerbar already has a gigantic burger known as the Bearnaise Bastard on the menu.

The gigantic burger was one reason why Grillen Burgerbar was named the Best Burger in Town in 2020 by AALBORG AWARDS.