When I was invited to spend the day at the KFC headquarters and to visit a local KFC restaurant I was pretty sckeptical. The chicken pieces arrive frozen and ready to cook - right? The chicken pieces are greasy - right? The food is high in salt and sugar - right?
What I found out was that all the above ideas were Wrong!!
KFC (used to be known as Kentucky Fried Chicken) first opened in the UK in 1965 and is today on a continual, nutritional journey. The original core recipe is still used to make their signature chicken pieces and they offer to the public around 500,000 chickens per week! They are involved in ensuring they have 'happy chickens' and look after them under the watchful eye of Red Tractor initiative.
KFC is very environmentally conscious and health aware, trying to comply with government guidelines to reduce saturated fats and salts in the food items. The children's menu in the stores lists the calories of all of the choices allowing parents to make an informed choice of food for their child.
There were three of us bloggers and a BBC film crew following us around the head office and the restaurant and I did feel a little sorry for the BBC crew who had to film as we ate our way through a fantastic selection of products! The film crew are making a fly on the wall, three part documentary about KFC for the BBC which is planned to air in the autumn. Keep an eye out for me and my fellow bloggers (Jan B who writes at A Glug of Oil and Chris O of Tikichris) in case we get a few seconds air time!
The sweetcorn cobbettes are just pieces of a very sweet variety of corn that is steamed and wrapped to keep it hot without any added butter or salt.
The pieces are then drained for a further five minutes before they are placed in the dispensers ready to be sold in the restaurant.
Thanks to KFC for a fun and informative day out - they certainly educated me and changed my perceptions. I was not paid to attend the event and all opinions and photos are my own.