McDonald’s and Chef Rey shine spotlight on culinary excellence

(Last Updated On: August 19, 2014)

Photo caption:  Chef Rey (center) with McDonald’s owner/operators David and Lindsay Glaser (far right) and staff.

What do you get when you bring together a top chef, choice ingredients and a business team committed to excellence?

For David and Lindsay Glaser, the result was an “Evening of Culinary Inspiration.”

The couple, owners of a Katy-based McDonald’s restaurant, invited Chef Rey and members of the community to their restaurant on Aug. 14 for the “McDonald’s Chef Event,” the third in a series of culinary experiences hosted at various greater Houston-area McDonald’s locations.

The culinary dining events aim to showcase the emphasis the fast-food giant places on “Good Food, Good People and Good Neighbors.”

Local community leaders, including school district officials and teachers, joined in a night of fine dining as Chef Rey, executive chef for the Houston Astros, used traditional McDonald’s ingredients to create the night’s culinary fare.

Guests enjoyed a delicious Breakfast Crepe, a thin and delicate pancake filled with fresh fruit and topped with whipped cream and McDonald’s Strawberry sundae sauce; Chicken Cordon Bleu, a delicious French classic made with 100-percent Tyson chicken breast, ham and Swiss cheese; a delectable cream of spinach soup, made with McDonald’s fresh spinach and garnished with fresh tomatoes and crouton topped off with a delicious Cream Brulee, made from simple ingredients from McDonald’s.

“Tonight is about displaying the fact that we have good food, good people and we are a good neighbor in the community as well as showcasing that our product is about great quality.  Ninety-percent of our 35,000 restaurants worldwide and 15,000 in the U.S. are owned by owner/operators and that is where the good neighbor piece comes in,” said Victoria Guster-Hines, vice president of operations for McDonald’s in Houston.

David Glaser, a second generation McDonald’s owner/operator, was joined by his wife and parents along with members of the McDonald’s team as guests received a behind-the-scenes look at the McDonald’s operation including a kitchen tour, supplier chat and nutrition presentation. During the night, guests gained insight on the preparation of McDonald’s popular Chicken McNuggets, made of 100-percent Tyson chicken, and the fast food franchise’s signature french fries.

The Glaser’s also shared many of the community outreach efforts their franchise is involved in before closing out the night with special thanks to Chef Rey for an exquisite dining experience.

Chef Rey will showcase his culinary skills again on Sept. 26 for the Chef Experience Houston, an evening of culinary inspiration benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Houston/Galveston, Inc.  For more information, visit www.rmhcghg.org.

McDonald’s and Chef Rey shine spotlight on culinary excellence