The fast food industry never seems content to let us, the dining public, enjoy the relative sanity of a single cheeseburger, in peaceful (if mildly self-loathing) solitude. Heavens no. Instead, in a mad rush to capture the imagination of a jaded fast food–dining audience, each restaurant must spin off increasingly hysterical tweaks to their menus in the hope that food bloggers like us will tweet about these new items, before moving on to their next abomination. And guess what? It works every time.
|Taco Bell's smothered burrito|
To meet the demands of the mad scientist chefs responsible for the latest buzzworthy fast food creations, food stylists often are charged with increasingly bizarre tasks. Imagine, for example, the first time a trained professional was asked to create a passably photogenic version of a grilled bacon and cheese sandwich that uses fried chicken for buns, or a grilled cheese sandwich that has fried mozzarella sticks cooked into the middle. Any stylist who didn't go home to have a serious talk with their spouse about the direction their life was headed simply wasn't paying enough attention.
The talent of these stylists has managed to keep up with the increasingly puzzling product, however, resulting in tons of artfully assembled, heavily Photoshopped versions of each menu item, which seem to be a vague reference to the actual meal rather than a still reproduction of it.
Here are five of the newest menu offerings from the big chains, presented with their styled promotional photographs, as well as the reality you'll face when you place your order.More »