Question: What makes gourmet food "gourmet"? For a dish to earn the coveted title, does it need a certain amount of truffle oil present or must it pair well with a vintage pinot noir?
Dictionary.com defines gourmet as such: "of or characteristic of a gourmet, especially in involving or purporting to involve high-quality or exotic ingredients and skilled preparation." Translation: a meal or dish that features fancy ingredients you can't pronounce that's served on a table with cloth napkins.
Or, if you'd like a more visual representation of "gourmet," examine the photo below:
Naturally, our investigation of gourmet's elusive qualifications led us to wonder what would happen if this concept of "skilled preparation" were applied to your every day burger. Would a McDonald's burger disguised as a gourmet dish be like hiding an elephant in peacock feathers? Or, more importantly, would one even be able to tell the difference?
We sought to find the answer using a bag of McDonald's fries and a burger. Watch as we transform your average Whopper into some classy ass gourmet sh*t.