Thursday, March 27, 2008

Deaths in the food world

Lately it seems that there have been so many deaths in the world of food lately. Sadly these two happened within the week

Al Copeland, Popeyes Chicken Founder, Dies at 64

Atlanta, GA 3/24/2008 04:06 PM GMT (FINDITT)

The founder of the fast food chain Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken has died. Al Copeland, 64, died at a German clinic on Sunday after being diagnosed with a malignant salivary gland tumor last year.

Copeland opened a restaurant called Chicken on the Run in 1971. After losing money for six months, Copeland changed the recipe of his chicken to a more Cajun style. He reopened the restaurant as Popeyes Mighty Good Fried Chicken. The restaurant was named after Gene Hackman’s character, Popeye Doyle, in “The French Connection.”

The name soon changed to Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken and began franchising in 1976.

Egg McMuffin Inventor Dies at 89

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Peterson, who invented the ubiquitous Egg McMuffin as a way to introduce breakfast to McDonald's restaurants, has died, a Southern California McDonald's official said Wednesday. He was 89.

Peterson died peacefully Tuesday at his Santa Barbara home, said Monte Fraker, vice president of operations for McDonald's restaurants in that city.

He began his career with McDonald's Corp. as vice president of the company's advertising firm, D'Arcy Advertising, in Chicago. He wrote McDonald's first national advertising slogan, "Where Quality Starts Fresh Every Day."

Peterson eventually became a franchisee and was currently co-owner and operator of six McDonald's restaurants in Santa Barbara and Goleta, Fraker said.

Peterson came up with idea for the signature McDonald's breakfast item in 1972. He "was very partial to eggs Benedict," Fraker said, and worked on creating something similar.

The egg sandwich consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, topped with a slice of cheese and grilled Canadian bacon. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin.