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More Than a Few Eggs: French Cook 15,000-Egg Omelette

by NBC News /  / Updated 
Members of the Giant Omelette Brotherhood of Bessières cook a giant omelette as part of Easter celebrations on March 28, 2016, on the main square of Bessières, in southern France.Remy Gabalda / AFP - Getty Images

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Since 1973, every year on the Monday following Easter, people in Bessières, France make a giant omelette, using 15,000 fresh eggs.

A cook from the Giant Omelette Brotherhood of Bessieres dumps eggs shells in a pile. Over 15,000 eggs were used to make the omelette.Remy Gabalda / AFP - Getty Images

Legend has it that when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they spent one night near Bessières. Napoleon ate an omelette prepared by a local cook, and he enjoyed it so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather all the eggs in the village and to prepare a gigantic omelette for his army the next day.

Omelette in the making.Remy Gabalda / AFP - Getty Images

The people who attended this event shared the food. The Giant Omelette Brotherhood of Bessières also cooks this kind of giant omelettes on demand all over in France.

Bread to go with the omelette.Remy Gabalda / AFP - Getty Images

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