Egg McMuffin inventor Herb Peterson, March 25 Herb Peterson, inventor of McDonald's signature Egg McMuffin, died at his Santa Barbara home on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. He was 89. Peterson came up with idea for the signature McDonald's breakfast item in 1972 to introduce breakfast to McDonald's. "Peterson was very partial to eggs Benedict" and worked on creating something similar, said Monte Fraker, vice president of operations for McDonald's restaurants in Santa Barbera. The egg sandwich consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, topped with a slice of cheese and grilled Canadian bacon. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin. The Egg McMuffin made its debut at a restaurant in Santa Barbara that Peterson co-owned with his son, David Peterson.
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