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Pissed Off Chef Has Proof Burger King Stole His Mac N’ Cheetos Idea

We admit, we rode the Mac N’ Cheetos bandwagon — hard. As we broke the news, we were completely oblivious to the glaring act of culinary piracy taking place. All you need to know is that Burger King stole the entire Mac N’ Cheetos concept from our friend and Internet chef personality, The Vulgar Chef.

Per usual, The Vulgar Chef is pissed off, but how would you feel? His ideas are being ripped off left and right by publications, like BuzzFeed and Thrillist, and now went fully mainstream with Burger King’s version of Mac N’ Cheetos.

“At first I was like what the fuck? Like…you’re fucking Burger King,” he explained to FOODBEAST. It actually is a little flattering that a company as large as BK would take an idea from a fat, drunk, illiterate food blogger who is basically an Internet food troll. Kind of sad if you ask me.”

In September 2015, the Vulgar Chef created “Cheetos Crusted Mac N Cheese Fries,” and showed the world via YouTube. Nearly a year later, BK dropped the exact same recipe and it was gross.

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Look familiar? Those aren’t from Burger King.

Now Burger King has been added to the same list of abhorrent degenerate corporate leeches that we placed Giordono’s Pizza and the Chicago Cubs on, after they were caught pawning off Vulgar Chef recipes as their own.

It’s happened so much that he keeps a running tally on EVERYONE that he catches stealing his recipes without credit.

“There was actually some cunt working for Buzzfeed that was ripping myself and Nick from DudeFoods off almost every fucking week,” he said. “I was able to email the dude making the rip-off recipes on behalf of myself and other food bloggers and let him know how much of a fucking hack and pile of shit he was. Vulgar Chef – 1, Buzzfeed – 0.”

In fact, he believes he’s the reason BuzzFeed actually credits people now.

“After that, any Buzzfeed recipes videos posted would tag appropriate food bloggers who inspired their shitty videos,” The Vulgar Chef told FOODBEAST.

Kyle Marcoux, also known as, The Vulgar Chef, is a creative foodie who deserves full-credit for everything he brings to the table. He’s proud of what he’s built on the Internet, but it’s not without hard work and sacrifice.

“I’ve submerged myself entirely in the brand, creating something entertaining for the food world that lets me be myself, and allows me to tell those who aren’t onboard to fuck off,” he said.

Marcoux is a family man, and blue collar to the bone. He works at a factory and plays guitar in a metal band, but that’s why he’s important. Being the Vulgar Chef is a full-time commitment, but it’s not a full-time job.

The Vulgar Chef shift starts after working a double-shift as a factory worker. Creative cooking is his outlet and passion; which makes the corporations stealing from him that much more cheap and despicable.

His persona as The Vulgar Chef is unhinged — but it’s real. It may seem like he takes this personal, because to him it is, and he’s standing up for food bloggers everywhere.

We are witnessing a depressing trend, corporate fast-food analytic teams continue to purge the Internet for new ideas and end up profiting off the ideas of the little guy, in this case — specifically the Vulgar Chef.

It’s a brutal reality, but in the Internet age, piracy runs rampant and those without a legal support system are helpless to the plans of sleazy corporations hungry for ideas. Without copyrights to his recipes, The Vulgar Chef knows there’s only one way his ideas will survive — even then, there will always be a limited shelf life.

“I would literally have to copyright every single recipe I put out. At the end of the day someone is going to rip you off,” he said. “So, I just keep plugging along and try to be ahead of the curve with my recipes.”

If he could personally address the stealing fast-food thieves, he would. From this perspective, it’s not fame or fortune — but giving credit where credit is due. Although, he wouldn’t mind, “a bag full of money,” or, “a large pot of fucking gold,” he admits seeing, “The Vulgar Chef’s Mac & Cheetos” on the BK drive-thru menu as the biggest reward.

“If I could write an open letter to the fast food bitches I would tell them I love them and their artery clogging food, and if they want any help creating new exotic menu items to drop me a fucking email,” he said. “Don’t just skim through my blog and try to sneak one over on me. All of us food bloggers want at the end of the day is credit.

It’s interesting to note that someone on the corporate end of this knows exactly where Mac N’ Cheetos came from — and it wasn’t the product of analytics or surveys — it was taken, without permission. If Burger King was in the Vulgar Chef’s shoes and found out that Jack-In-The-Box started selling grilled hot dogs, a copyright lawsuit would already be filed, probably followed by a plethora of lame corporate subtweets from both companies.

Unfortunately, there’s not much the Vulgar Chef can do. His recipes are fair game, in an unfair, unleveled playing field. One thing is for sure, The Vulgar Chef’s recipes kick ass — and it becomes more and more evident each time they are stolen and redistributed on a corporate level.

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Fast Food

Papa John’s Iconic Camaro Was Stolen In Detroit

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Someone stole the iconic Papa John’s Camaro over the weekend, reports USA Today. Yep, the very same one that can be seen in a fair amount of the pizza chain’s commercials.

The tale of Papa John’s Pizza is really a rags-to-riches story. In 1983, John Schnatter sold his 1971 Camaro Z28 for some money to start his pizza business. He got $2,500 for the car and set off to build his dream of a pizza company.

Eventually, Schnatter found his original car and bought it back for about $250,000. Chump change if you’re the head of a massive pizza empire. Especially for something with such a sentimental value.

Schnatter  had driven it to Detroit for a car show over the weekend. He woke up Sunday morning to find it missing. After calling they authorities, the car was found in the driveay of an abandoned home by a landscaper who recognized the iconic design.

Other than a missing plate and a bent license plate holder, the car remained unscathed.

Also, there was an Altoid wedged between the steering wheel. Animals.

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Fast Food

So Dairy Queen Got Nationally Hacked

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Dairy Queen has been the target of the latest hack. The fast food chain announced Thursday that 4oo of their stores have become victims to a security breach. Anyone eat at DQ lately?

The chain had discovered that malware called Backoff was responsible for the recent breach in security. Among the information compromised in the hack were customer names, and debit and credit card numbers and expiration dates for purchases between August and October 2014.

Stores affected by the security breach can be found here. Overall, this accounts for approximately 9 percent of Dairy Queen’s total 4,500 locations. For anyone affected by the incident, Dairy Queen is offering “free identity repair services” for an entire year.

A few weeks back, popular sandwich chain Jimmy Johns was also part of a security attack.

Apparently nothing is safe anymore.

H/T Mashable

 

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Fast Food

Domino’s France and Belgium Attacked by Cyber-Thieves, Private Customer Information Held for $40,000 Ransom

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I’ve never heard of fast-food chains being ransomed until today. Domino’s Pizza France and Belgium were victims of a cyber attack earlier last week. What was stolen was not hot Italian pies, rather more than 600,000 accounts of private customer information.

The hackers, who call themselves Rex Mundi, posted on a text-hosting site claiming that they were able to steal the private data. This includes the full names of Domino’s customers including their addresses, email, passwords and delivery instructions. They even claim to have each customer’s favorite pizza toppings, reports The Guardian.

The hackers demanded that the pizza chain pay them a sum of €30,000 ($40, 700 US) or they’ll release the entirety of the stolen customer data, posting a small piece of customer information to back up their claims. Along with that information they posted on Twitter:

“If you’re a @dominos_pizzafr customer, u may want to know that we have offered Domino’s not to publish your data in exchange for €30,000.”

Domino’s officially responded that they will not submit to the demands of the cyber thieves and the Rex Mundi account has since been suspended. However, it’s not yet known if the hackers fully intend to release customer information or were simply bluffing.

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News

Bruxie Waffle Sandwich Stand Robbed! $1000 Reward (Orange, CA)

Popular gourmet waffle stand Bruxie, located near Chapman University in Orange, CA was robbed earlier this morning around 5 am. Thieves have stolen a storage trailer located behind the stand containing miscellaneous items and gear belonging to the waffle stand. No one was harmed during the theft, however. Bruxie is offering $1000 to anyone who can lead them back to their stolen property. A bulletin was also posted on their Facebook page asking for the public’s help in retrieving their stolen goods. (via OC Register)

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Kanye West Moment In The Refrigerator

Look! An actually useful way to use a Kanye moment.(Thx EP)