Girl says she was fired over exposing how Panera makes its mac and cheese on TikTok

As it turns out, its mac and cheese isn't as fresh as some thought.


Tiffanie Drayton

Internet Culture

Posted on Oct 13, 2019   Updated on May 20, 2021, 1:34 am CDT

The girl who created a viral TikTok video exposing how Panera makes its mac and cheese is going viral again–this time for tweeting that she lost her job because of it.

“I lost my job for this video,” Twitter user @BriiRamirezz, who goes by @briannaraelenee on TikTok, responded to @UberFacts tweet of the clip.

The short video shows BriiRamirezz walking into the Panera kitchen over to a box of frozen bags of mac and cheese, putting one into boiling water to defrost it, then cutting it open and dumping it out into a bowl. It ends with her flashing a thumbs up to indicate to viewers the cooking process is all done.

BriiRamirezz revealed that Panera found out about the clip after it went viral online and ended up on the local news in her hometown.

Twitter users responded with support and praise for BriiRamirezz, but also noted that they were not at all surprised by how Panera prepares its mac and cheese.

“What’s yo cash app queen?” one supporter questioned.

“Ppl actually thought y’all were making fresh macaroni n cheese out back???” one user questioned. “Like how’s this a surprise to ppl?”

Others expressed disgust with their own personal knowledge of fast food preparation practices.

“Girl I’m not gonna tell you how Taco Bell is made,” one user wrote, along with a queasy-faced emoji.

Now that secret is out of the bag, one Twitter user is imagining how Panera’s executives are handling all the exposure.


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*First Published: Oct 13, 2019, 11:34 am CDT