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The Incredible Story of the Colonel

Follow the adventurous life of the Colonel and the story of how KFC, Kentucky Fried Chicken came to be– and immerse yourself in the most authentic American Dream, in the spirit of the enterprise man managed to achieve all by himself, surpassing enormous difficulties, never to surrender, relying only on his determination, creativity and vision.

 
 
 
 
 
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1890

Birth of a legend

Colonel Harland Sanders was born in Henryville, in the state of Indiana. It isHe was the oldest of three brothers of ain an Anglo-Irish family. Anglo-Irish

 
 
 
 
 
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1891 - 1919

A tough childhood

The childhood of Harland was not easy: losing his father when he was a child, he worked various odd jobs to help support the family. His mother taught him how to cook!

 
 
 
 
 
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1920-1929

Mille works!

Harland worked various odd jobs: he worked for a steam ferries company, as an insurer, seller of bulbs, tire salesman, secretary of a chamber of commerce, obstetrician. At night, he studied law by correspondence and became a lawyer.

 
 
 
 
 
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1926

The gunfight!

Living in Nashvile, during the Great Depression, Shell offered him to manage a gas station, but the competition with the rival Standard Oil gas station, , run by Matt Stewart, ended in a gunfight: Stewart killed a Shell employee, who was a friend of Harland's, and Harland returned fire wounding Stewart in the shoulder!

 
 
 
 
 
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1930

Arriving in Kentucky

Harland moved to Corbin, Kentucky, to manage, always on behalf of Shell, a gas station with a kitchen attached to it.

 
 
 
 
 
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1932

The intuition for fast food and fried chicken

Serving fast food as part of the gas station proved to be a success. To the menu of the Court and Café, Harland Sanders added his favorite childhood dish: fired chicken.

 
 
 
 
 
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1935

Becoming a Colonel!

As a recognition of the quality of the meals and his business skills he was bestowed the ”Kentucky Colonel” title the highest title of honor of the State.

 
 
 
 
 
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1940

Inventing the Original Recipe

Having opened his first restaurant, Harland Sanders invented the ORIGINAL RECIPE combining 11 secret spices for breading and frying chicken in a pressure fryer. The culinary critic Duncan Hines included it in his guide to the best restaurants in America, Adventures in Good Eating.

 
 
 
 
 
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1952

Founding the KFC Chain

Seeing the potential of the franchise, he sold the restaurant and founded the chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, recruiting its first franchisee, Pete Harman.

 
 
 
 
 
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1964

Man 2 million dollars!

KFC was sold to a group of investors for $2 million

 
 
 
 
 
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1965

The best seller of fried chicken in the world!

The Colonel could not be separate from KFC, rather he became its official spokesman and #1 seller of chicken in the world!

 
 
 
 
 
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1965-1969

KFC is expanding

KFC arrived in Mexico, Jamaica and England!

 
 
 
 
 
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1970

Fried Chicken to the Rising Sun

The KFC Colonel set out for Japan. A new Japanese tradition of eating Kentucky Fried Chicken for Christmas was born!

 
 
 
 
 
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1987

In China

KFC is the first chain of restaurants in the West to arrive in China.

 
 
 
 
 
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1980

Colonel Sanders died at the age of 90, on December 16, in Lousiville, Kentucky

 
 
 
 
 
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Today

KFC is now present in over 125 countries and territories around the world, with more than 20,000 restaurants.