Blog: Dean BestKFC recipe takes flight

Dean Best | 10 September 2008

What have an armoured car, a former New York police detective and fast food chain KFC got in common?

Not much at first glance but the US firm has decided that now is the right time to move its top-secret recipe for coating its famous chicken.

KFC said yesterday (9 September) that it needed to upgrade the security procedures in place around the 68-year-old recipe, first drawn up in 1940 by Colonel Harland Sanders.

The company signed up former NYPD officer Bo Dietl to consult on the move and yesterday the recipe was whisked away in an armoured car, secured in a locked briefcase handcuffed to Dietl's arm, to a secret location.

According to the company, only two executives at any one time know the recipe, while a third knows the combination to the safe where the recipe is kept. Much like the British Royals, the three executives are not allowed to travel in the same plane or car for, KFC insists, “security reasons”.

To further protect against any potential, ahem, fowl play, KFC also uses multiple suppliers, none of whom know all the ingredients to the recipe.

Sadly, more information on the security upgrades at the HQ or knowledge of how long the recipe will be away from the headquarters remain shrouded in secrecy, as KFC officials could not be reached for immediate comment as just-food went to press.


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