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Friday, 23 October 2015

Kentucky Fried Chicken


Harland Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980), also known as Colonel Sanders, learned how to cook when his father died and he became responsible for his younger siblings.

Sanders at the age of seven, pictured with his mother

The 40-year-old Harland Sauders took over a Shell filling station on US Route 25 just outside North Corbin, Kentucky, a small town on the edge of the Appalachian Mountain in 1930. He started to serve to travelers the recipes that he had learned as a youngster including fried chicken, Seven years later, he expanded his restaurant to 142 seats, and added a motel he purchased across the street, naming it Sanders Court & Café.

Saunders finalized in July 1940 his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe with a secret blend of 11 herbs and spices. Although he never publicly revealed the recipe, Saunders admitted to the use of salt and pepper,

The Harland Sanders Café and Museum, as it's known today, is now a shrine to Kentucky’s most famous chef.

After being recommissioned as a Kentucky colonel in 1950 by Governor Lawrence Wetherby, Sanders began to dress the part, wearing a white suit, growing a goatee and referring to himself as "Colonel."

Colonel Saunders struck a deal his friend Pete Harman of South Salt Lake, Utah, the operator of one of the city's largest restaurants. to open the first KFC franchise. It opened for business in Salt Lake City in August 1952.

It was Don Anderson, a sign painter hired by Harman, who coined the name "Kentucky Fried Chicken."

Harman trademarked the phrase "It's finger lickin' good", which eventually became the company-wide slogan. He also introduced the "bucket meal" in 1957 ( larger portions of fried chicken served in a cardboard "bucket".)


"Finger-lickin' good" was mistranslated into Chinese as "eat your fingers off."

Kentucky Fried Chicken is known as KFC the world over apart from in the French speaking Canadian province of Quebec. The strict language laws there mean it operates as PFK – Poulet Frit Kentucky.

Colonel Sauders is often considered one of Kentucky's most notable people. However, it should be noted that he was born and raised in Indiana, not Kentucky.

Colonel Harland David Sanders Wikipedia Commons

Colonel Sanders once tried to claim the cost of his white suits as a tax deduction. The IRS disallowed this claim.

KFC was one of the first fast food franchises to move into Asian markets. However, the chain was forced to change its ‘finger-licking good,’ slogan in 2011 after it moved into China. The slogan was erroneously translated into Chinese as "eat your fingers off."

There are two Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets in Japan that offer all-you-can-eat buffets—the Expo City location is home to a suit worn by the Colonel himself.

KFC, whose secret chicken recipe includes 11 herbs and spices, follows exactly 11 users on Twitter - six men named Herb and the five Spice Girls.

If we cooked every living chicken in the world, the chicken would fill enough Kentucky Fried Chicken 16-piece buckets to stack to the moon and back three times.

Kentucky Fried Chicken is the world's second largest restaurant chain (as measured by sales) after McDonald's, with 18,875 outlets in 118 countries and territories as of December 2013.

In Japan, it is a Christmas tradition to order KFC. This particular unusual festive practice dates back to the 1970s when a customer at the chain’s Aoyama store observed that, in a land where it was difficult to get hold of the customary turkey for a celebratory dinner, fried chicken was the next best thing. The KFC corporate offices got wind of the  idea and the company started a huge advertising campaign in Japan called “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) in 1974, which was ludicrously popular.


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