Foodbeast

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FOODBEAST
Type of site
Food news
Available in English
Headquarters Santa Ana, California, United States
Created by Rudy Chaney, Geoff Kutnick, Elie Ayrouth
Website foodbeast.com
Commercial Yes
Launched 2008 (2008)

Foodbeast is a popular food and drink blog.[1] It was founded by Elie Ayrouth in 2008.[2] The blog has been referred to as the "TMZ of Food News."[3]

Members of the Foodbeast staff were featured on an MTV2 show entitled "Jobs That Don't Suck" in April 2014.[4] Their episode chronicled the day-to-day of founders Elie Ayrouth, Rudy Chaney as they opened food packages and visited the Taco Bell test kitchen.

Controversy[edit]

In-N-Out 'Monkey Style' Burger[edit]

On June 28, 2013, a video was uploaded to Foodbeast.com's YouTube channel entitled "Ordering a Monkey Style Burger from In-N-Out."

The video depicted Ayrouth in an In-N-Out drive thru ordering what he claims is a "Monkey Style" burger, a hamburger topped with the chain's Animal Style fries (cheese, grilled onions and spread). Playing off In-N-Out fandom, the video and subsequent screenshots quickly made their way across the web, with major news outlets scrutinizing every frame of the video.[5] What resulted was waves of interested patrons ordering their burger 'Monkey Style' to no avail.[6]

"There is no such thing," Carl Van Fleet, a vice president at In-N-Out Burger, said in a statement. "It seems to be a story that originated somewhere in cyberspace. For a variety of reasons, we're unable to prepare burgers in the manner that a few websites have described as 'monkey style.' " [7]

CBS covered the story in a late-night piece, with their KCAL9 team asking Ayrouth "if he tried to create a hoax by simply putting an order of fries on top of a burger." KCAL9 states that he did not respond to the questioning.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KoogleTV
  2. ^ "Crunchbase Profile". TechCrunch. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Snyder, Craig. "4 Crazy Websites All About Food". Make Use Of. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  4. ^ . MTV2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8qJUzLm0ps.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ John, Arit (2 July 2013). "The False Origins of In-N-Out's Fake Monkey Style Burger". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Harris, Jenn (3 July 2013). "In-N-Out 'monkey style' burger doesn't officially exist? Do it anyway!". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Harris, Jenn (3 July 2013). "In-N-Out 'monkey style' burger doesn't officially exist? Do it anyway!". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 19 November 2013. 
  8. ^ KCAL9. 1 July 2013 http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/07/01/in-n-outs-monkey-style-burger-too-good-to-be-true/. Retrieved 19 November 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)