CHICKEN fan Corey Dunkin has been greeted by a hero's welcome after a simple plan to grab Macca's turned into a raucous nugget bonanza.
Hundreds of adoring fast food enthusiasts chanted the Sydney man's name on Friday night as he strolled in and fans clamoured for selfies and autographs.
The 30-year-old web developer and illustrator said he just wanted to munch on some chicken nuggets when he set up a Facebook "event" and invited a handful of mates to the gathering in mid-August.
However, the event quickly became a social media phenomenon - with more than 10,000 people clicking that they were 'interested' in joining him and just under 4000 saying they were 'going'.
Unsure of how the event would play out, Mr Dunkin said he was stunned to see so many like-minded nugget supporters turn out on the night.
Camera crews descended on the McDonald's George St restaurant to grab a slice of the action. Macca's even put on a dedicated nugget cash register and designated area for Mr Dunkin to tuck into his crispy treats - which he devoured with sweet 'n sour sauce.
"I've got to start organising more events, I guess," Mr Dunkin told news.com.au. "I must be doing something right.
"I was really surprised to see so many people turned up. I can't believe people went out of their way to come. It's just crazy."
Following the success of the gathering, Mr Dunkin said he wants to make October 6 an annual, international celebratory day for chicken nuggets - after supporters from around the world sent pictures of their own mini Macca's events.
Fans from Singapore, Canada and New Zealand held their own nugget trips and posted their pictures on Facebook.
"I think, just one day of the year, we should all get together and get some chicken nuggets - I'd call it Nugtober," Mr Dunkin said.
One of hundreds of supporters who made his way down was 25-year-old Rowan Leonard, who said he enjoyed "between 10 and 50" pieces of battered poultry with lashings of sweet 'n sour garnish.
"I was attracted to the event because of Corey's sheer love of chicken nuggets and I wanted to share that enthusiasm with others," Mr Leonard said. "It shows that not all heroes wear capes."
The Sydneysider said he also became a fan of the event through Mr Dunkin's 'memes' and cartoons - which the illustrator used to promote the event and posted on his Instagram account.
"Thank you SO MUCH for coming this was a great event and so glad to see everyone else loves nuggets as much as I do," wrote an elated Mr Dunkin posted on his event page after the gathering.
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