Ex-McDonald’s Corporate Chef Reveals Why 10:30 AM Is the ‘Worst Time’ to Visit McDonald’s

In the fast-paced world we live in, convenience is key. Fast food chains like McDonald’s have become a staple for many looking for a quick and easy meal.

However, if you plan to visit McDonald’s, avoid the 10:30 AM time slot. A former McDonald’s corporate chef clarifies why this time may not be the best for your visit.

The Shift from Breakfast to Lunch

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According to Mike Haracz, a former corporate chef at McDonald’s, 10:30 a.m. marks a significant shift in the restaurant’s operations. During this time, the restaurant transitions from serving breakfast items to preparing for the lunch rush.

Haracz, known for sharing informative videos about his time working at McDonald’s, explained that all the equipment changes to accommodate the lunch menu.

“The grills have a different time and temperature” to cook lunch items, Haracz noted. Additionally, the Universal Holding Cabinet, used to have items ready as quickly as possible, must remove all breakfast items to make way for the lunch menu.

This transition is not just a switch in the menu but involves a series of adjustments in the kitchen to ensure the smooth flow of operations.

The End of All-Day Breakfast

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Many fans of the fast-food giant expressed disappointment over discontinuing the all-day breakfast option.

This feature was removed in 2020 as a strategy to “simplify operations in our kitchens, which we saw provided better speed of service and order accuracy for our customers,” according to an official statement from McDonald’s.

The decision has left several customers needing more flexibility of enjoying breakfast items at any time of the day, with some even demanding the return of the all-day breakfast option.

Customer Reactions

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The change in the menu schedule has elicited various reactions from customers. Some reminisce about the joy of having an Egg McMuffin at 4 PM, while others are urging the company to bring back the all-day breakfast option.

“I miss a 4:00 PM Egg McMuffin. ”

Another one added,


The menu shift affects the operations and the customer experience, with many finding the limited breakfast hours restrictive.

The McDonalds Transition

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In a Reddit online forum, Mcdonald’s breakfast menu transition was discussed. If you plan your visit before the 10:30 AM cutoff if you enjoy McDonald’s breakfast offerings. The breakfast hours at McDonald’s are between 5 AM and 10:30 AM, giving you a substantial window to enjoy your favorite breakfast items.

This time frame is not just a random choice but is deeply rooted in the operational strategies of the fast-food giant.

The restriction on breakfast hours often sparks discussions among customers, with many wondering why the chain doesn’t offer breakfast all day. One of the primary reasons is the difference in grill temperatures required to cook breakfast items and regular menu items.

Moreover, offering breakfast all day could slow down the service due to increased complexity in the kitchen.

Despite these operational constraints, the limited breakfast hours have somewhat become a part of the McDonald’s brand, creating a sense of urgency and exclusivity around their breakfast menu.

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