Mike Roberts, former president and CEO of fast-food chain McDonald’s, has co-founded Lyfe Kitchen, a restaurant that aims to “do healthy food on a fast-food scale.” In the wake of the documentary Super Size Me, McDonald’s has made a conscious effort to try and present themselves as a healthier restaurant, selling products such as salads and deli sandwiches. However, not many people are convinced and it seems that the former CEO is one of them.
Lyfe Kitchen is the bemusing abbreviation of ‘Love Your Food Everyday’. Robert’s aim is to sell food that is made with “no butter, no cream, no white sugar, no white flour, no high-fructose corn syrup, no GMOs, no trans fats, no additives.” Not just that, but Roberts is thinking big and wants to open 500 to 1,000 outposts of the restaurant across the country in the next several years.
Speaking to Wired.com, Roberts said, “Imagine tens of millions of local, sustainable gourmet meals, served with the efficiency and economy that one expects from a national fast-food chain. Such a feat of feeding has never before been attempted.”
It is not just cous cous and arugula that will be on the menu. Like McDonald’s, Lyfe Kitchen will also cater to those who like a bit of meat in their diet and serve free-range chicken and burgers made from grass-fed, humanely raised cattle. It also doesn’t just appear to be a publicity stunt, as Roberts was infamously responsible for putting Apple Dippers onto McDonald’s menu – an act which made McDonald’s become the nation’s largest seller of apples!
To quote Wired, “before that first Apple Dipper could pass the lips of the first Apple Dipper consumer, Roberts supervised months of quality assurance and menu development, months of meetings with chefs and operations people, months of investigation into all possible Apple Dipper sources. What Roberts did for the apple at McDonald’s he now intends to do for the brussels sprout at Lyfe.”
Clearly Roberts is a man with a passion and this could be a major boost to the organic food industry, not to mention US farmers. Lyfe Kitchen have also said that they are working on safer, more energy-efficient food preparation techniques, such as using fewer preservatives.
Of course, such high-quality organic produce is not going to be as cheap as food you’d get served at McDonald’s. A Lyfe Kitchen burger will set you back $8.49, but at least you’ll know you’re eating beef as opposed to pink slime!
It definitely looks like Roberts can talk the talk, and if he can make Lyfe Kitchen as popular as McDonald’s, then we can’t wait to visit..
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