A woman created a now-viral video that shows how Panera Bread employees prepare its mac and cheese, and now she's been fired. The video was originally posted last week on the social media app Tik Tok, with the caption "exposing Panera," and shows an employee drop a plastic packet of frozen macaroni and cheese into a boiler, then open up the bag and pour its contents into a bowl to be served. Commenters quickly slammed the fast-casual restaurant for serving frozen food, but others were more realistic, saying, "I don't get what she's exposing? Did people really think there was a chef hanging out in the kitchen of Panera Bread making Mac and Cheese?" On Friday (October 11th) the unidentified woman in the video announced on Twitter that she had been fired. A spokesperson for Panera Bread confirmed the video's authenticity, but declined to comment further about the employee. The New York Post reported Panera said in a statement that the mac and cheese is "made offsite with our proprietary recipe developed by our chefs. It is shipped to our bakery cafes-- this allows us to avoid using preservatives which do not meet our clean standards."
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