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How it all began!

The Colonel Harland David Sanders was born September 9, 1890 in Indiana, USA. The young Harland Sanders had many jobs such as a farmhand, a bus conductor, a steam boat driver, a soldier, and a salesman. Eventually he became a business man owning a petrol service station in Kentucky, one of the 52 states of the USA.

Many travelers stopped at his service station wanting refreshments and food. The Colonel saw this as a business opportunity and decided to offer food to these customers. The Colonel enjoyed making his customers happy – he was passionate about entertaining them with excellent food and superb service.

His food and service was so good that he was mentioned in several newspapers around the country. As a result he had to expand his dining room to keep up with the increase in new customers. This 'Customer Mania' experience made people drive from far away just to visit the Colonel's restaurant.

A winning recipe!

After careful testing for many years to find just the right combination of ingredients, the Colonel knew that he was at last onto a winning recipe. When he added the 11th and final ingredient, he was truly satisfied that he had created the best chicken he had ever tasted – he wanted to share it with the world!

To this day, the Original Recipe of 11 Herbs and Spices is one of the biggest secrets in the world - “the Finger Lickin' Taste” of KFC! The Colonel also introduced the idea of using a pressure cooker to cook the chicken. This ensured that the product cooked faster and produced the best results ever.

The Colonel decided that his Original Recipe needed to be introduced to people further from his home and from his state. At the age of 66, he started selling his idea of Kentucky Fried Chicken by traveling from town to town, preparing his famous chicken recipe for restaurants and their employees. Soon everybody wanted to try it – families stood in queues to try his great Original Recipe.

Colonel Sanders appeared on national Television promoting the idea of Kentucky Fried Chicken. He always licked his fingers as he described the Original Recipe taste to viewers – this is how the slogan “It's Finger Lickin' Good” developed.

 

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