In a Facebook group, home cooks compete to recreate the fast food chain's fare in their own kitchens

What was once a hobby has become a sensation online. For performance artist Joel Cornell, recreating food that looks and tastes like McDonald's fare was a fun activity for friendly barbecues. Now, his little quirk has attracted some 21,000 members to his Facebook group.

Joel tells the Mirror: “It was just a bit of fun, but people said, ‘hey, this is really good', so I shared some photos of my food online and people were interested. I started the group and it went from there.”

Members join in on the fun by posting their own versions and McDonald's recipes. Other members then proceed to rate posts from 1 to 10 depending on how convincing they look. Members also share recipes and methods. To make the photos more believable, some members use actual McDonald's food packaging.

Many of these food hackers are fans of the double arches so McDonald's probably doesn't have to worry about bootlegging. In fact, the entire activity is about refining American home cooking with the McDonald's menu as the golden standard.

Homemade McDonalds

What was once a hobby has become a sensation online. For performance artist Joel Cornell, recreating food that looks and tastes like McDonald's fare was a fun activity for friendly barbecues. Now, his little quirk has attracted some 21,000 members to his Facebook group.

Joel tells the Mirror: “It was just a bit of fun, but people said, ‘hey, this is really good', so I shared some photos of my food online and people were interested. I started the group and it went from there.”