Michael “Jim” Delligatti – the man credited with creating the McDonald’s Big Mac burger – has died. He was 98 years old.
McDonald’s spokeswoman Kerry Ford confirmed that the Pittsburgh-area franchisee died at home surrounded by his family on Monday night.
Delligatti’s franchise was based in Uniontown when he invented the chain’s signature burger with two all-beef patties, “special sauce”, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun.
Today, we celebrate the 98 inspirational years of Big Mac inventor, Michael "Jim" Delligatti. Jim, we thank and will forever remember you. pic.twitter.com/wmEFrmazdn— McDonald's (@McDonalds) November 30, 2016
Delligatti said in 2006 that the company weren’t initially on board with the idea because its simple line-up of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, fries and shakes was doing well as it was.
But he wanted to offer a bigger burger – and it went down so well that it spread to the rest of his 47 outlets, and eventually went national in 1968.