Colonel Harland Sanders – Quick Bio

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Colonel Harland Sanders – Short Biography

Unless you live in some remote area somewhere where there is no KFC, you know what the tag line, “It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good,” is referring to; it’s chicken.

The man who revolutionized how chicken should be served, is no other than Harland Sanders himself – a.k.a. Colonel Sanders, the man sporting a white linen suit, a shirt, a cane, and a tie. The legendary Colonel Sanders is the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Harland Sanders – The Success of the Eleven Secret Herbs and Spices Chicken Recipe

Born to a family with meager resources, Harland Sanders learned the art of cooking at the mere age of 6 to fend for his siblings that are younger than him. In a span of many years, Sanders held various jobs that range from farmhand, insurance salesman, and streetcar conductor.

It was in his 40s, that he got the chance to pursue his love for cooking. Sanders opened up a small gas station in Corbin Kentucky, along with a small restaurant comprising of a table with six chairs that doubled as the station’s quarters. The mini restaurant served Southern-style dishes like ham, veggies, and of course chicken.

As the restaurant grew, Sanders decided to take up a short course in hotel and restaurant management at Cornell University to gain more insight. He relocated his service station near the original location, with a bigger dining capacity, a gas station, and a Motel and so the Kentucky Fried Chicken Company was born.

Since its inception, KFC started sprouting everywhere and has locations in countries around the world.

Sanders was twice honored with the honorary Kentucky colonel title for his great contribution to the fast-food industry. Harland Sanders perfected his eleven secret herbs and spices chicken recipe; pre-cooked in a pressure cooker so the chicken will retain its moisture even when deep-fried, coated with the secret batter and then fried to perfection.

Sanders’s KFC secret recipe is still being used to this day. Harland Sanders’ success story reminds us all that a man can never be old enough to start living his dream.

Colonel Harland Sanders Quick Bio

Name: Harland Sanders

Birth Date: September 9, 1890

Birth Place: Henryville, Indiana

Death: December 16, 1980

Company: Kentucky Fried Chicken

Industry: Fast Food

Key success traits: Love and respect for food and sheer determination


Sanders is also behind the takeout bucket idea.

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