KFC History - Colonel Sanders
Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of the original Kentucky Fried Chicken, was born on September 9, 1890. When he was six, his father died and his mother was forced to go to work while young Sanders took care of his three year old brother and baby sister. This meant he had to do much of the family cooking. By the time he was seven, Harland Sanders was a master of a range of regional dishes.
After a series of jobs, in the mid 1930s at the age of forty, Colonel Sanders bought a service station, motel and cafe at Corbin, a town in Kentucky about 25 miles from the Tennessee border.
He began serving meals to travellers on the dining table in the living quarters of his service station because he did not have a restaurant.
It is here that Sanders began experimenting with different seasonings to flavour his chicken which travellers loved and for which he soon became famous.
He then moved across the street to a motel and restaurant, which seated 142 people. During the next nine years he developed his secret recipe of 11 herbs and spices and the basic cooking technique which is still used today.
By 1964, from that humble beginning, Colonel Harland Sanders had 600 franchise outlets for his chicken across the United States and Canada.
Later that year Colonel Sanders sold his interest in the United States operations for $2 million.
KFC now stretches world wide with more than 9,000 stores in 86 countries serving the Colonel's Original Recipe.
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