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TikTok user shows how Panera REALLY makes their mac and cheese -- promptly fired

posted Oct 15, 2019, 5:26 AM by Ryan Quinn   [ updated Oct 15, 2019, 5:28 AM ]
If you love that cheesy ooey gooey delicious Panera mac and cheese -- have you ever considered how it's made?  According to one now-fired employee, boiling water is technically part of the cooking process, but the rest of it -- boiling the noodles, making the cheese sauce, and mixing it all together -- isn't even part of the process.

In fact, the alleged recipe for making Panera mac and cheese has critics calling the meal "glorified hospital food."

Basically, the former-employee posted a video on TikTok of her picking up a frozen plastic bag filled with pre-made mac and cheese and dropping it into a vat of boiling water. The bag floats around before getting scooped out, cut open, and its steaming contents poured into a bowl.  As expected, the video blew up along with people's Panera-loving minds.

The employee, @briannaraelenee, later posted a video saying she was fired.  Apparently the reason for her dismissal was because of her long nails and for having her phone out while on the job -- not because she brought international shame to the popular food chain.

Panera has yet to publicly defend their mac and cheese, but it's worth a visit to the comments section on their respective social media accounts in the meantime.