The lady behind a now-viral video “exposing” how Panera Bread prepares its mac and cheese says she was fired from the corporate.
The video, initially posted final week on the social media app TikTok with the caption “exposing Panera,” exhibits an worker drop a plastic packet of frozen mac and cheese right into a boiler, minimize the bag open after which pour its contents right into a bowl.
The lady who posted it offers a thumbs up on the finish of the clip. The video shortly drew criticism as commenters slammed the chain restaurant for promoting frozen meals as an alternative of mac and cheese that’s truly cooked within the kitchen.
“Somebody stated Panera is simply hospital meals and this proves it,” one particular person commented.
Some on-line customers expressed that they weren’t shocked within the least by Panera Bread’s obvious meals preparation.
“I don’t get what she’s exposing? Did folks actually suppose there was a chef hanging out within the kitchen of Panera Bread making their Mac and Cheese?” one person tweeted. “That is actually how each quick meals joint operates, don’t be fooled.”
Backlash over the video didn’t simply fall on Panera Bread because the unidentified girl behind the video introduced Friday on Twitter that she misplaced her job over it. “Lol i misplaced my job for this,” she tweeted.
A spokesperson for Panera Bread confirmed the video’s authenticity however declined to remark additional on personnel issues, in keeping with The Washington Put up. The corporate defended its preparation of the mac and cheese, the Put up stories, which it stated is a patently Panera product “made offsite with our proprietary recipe developed by our cooks.”
“It’s shipped frozen to our bakery cafes — this permits us to keep away from utilizing preservatives which don’t meet our clear requirements,” a press release stated.