Australian man is campaigning to get a Michelin star for his KFC

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Its the most remote KFC in the world (Picture: Sam Edelman)

As far as Michelin stars go, you would expect fancy dining and a lengthy wine list.

But for Australian cook, Sam Edelman, this doesnt seem to be a limitation.

For his KFC franchise in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, he wants KFC to be more than just a fast food place.

His branch is one of the most remote in the world, as it is situated in the Outback and Sam says people travel for thousands of miles to have the chicken.

He told Metro.co.uk: Its about time it got recognised as not just a fast food place.

We use fresh chickens that are delivered into the store everyday and hand breaded in our kitchen by our cooks. There is some skill involved.

SAM STANDING OUTSIDE OF KFC WITH THUMBS UP
He has been at the franchise for almost 20 years (Picture: Sam Edelman)

The 37-year-old is on a mission to get Michelin Guide to notice his restaurant as a viable contender for the coveted restaurant.

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Since Michelin doesnt publish in Australia, he is going to extra lengths to get the Guide to notice him by setting up a Facebook group called Kentucky Fried Chicken deserves a Michelin Star.

There are specific requirements to the process towards a Michelin star.

To earn one star, a restaurant must be considered a very good restaurant in its category.

For two stars, the criteria is excellent cooking, worth a detour.

To qualify for the elusive three stars, a restaurant must serve up exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey to which Sam said that he has no doubt he has achieved.

The idea came to him when he saw a Netflix show called Street Foods and a Bangkok street vendor was awarded a Michelin star.

He said: Theres a show on Netflix called Street Food. A couple weeks I watched it and the first episode is about a street vendor in Bangkok who has a Michelin star.

Traditionally Id always thought that the Michelin star was the peak of fine dining, you have to have a fancy wine list and spectacular dining experience.

There was a cut away shot that showed a KFC advertisement in there and it kinda gave me the idea.

Sam speaking to members of the community
A community man (Picture: Sam Edelman)

On a basic level, we meet the criteria. If this street vendor can get the Michelin star why cant we?

My KFC in Alice Springs is in a unique position. The criteria for two stars is excellent cooking worth a detour or exceptional cuisine worth a special journey.

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We have people who come to our KFC from 500km or 1000km away and they will expressly come in with the full intent to buy a bucket of KFC chicken while they are in town.

And people have made journeys that both require a plane ride and block booking for a whole town given that its the most remote KFC in the world.

He added: My KFC is the most remote KFC in the world and thats what sets me apart. I know people make a journey to come to my restaurant. I know that my team put their heart into making the best KFC they can make.

Sam talking to the community
He has owned the Alice Springs franchise for 7 years (Picture: Same Edelman)

Ive had customers who have come from 1300km away. We have done a catering order for a gold mine that was in Western Australia – were in the Northern Territory.

It was AUS$1000 order. They ordered a private hire car to collect the order and take it straight to the airport. They chucked it on the plane and flew it to the gold mine.

The closest town is 600km from us, and they will buy around 6 buckets and buy for the neighbourhood. Its good food accessible to everyone.

Originally from Melbourne, Sam Edelman has been in Alice Springs for nine years, buying the business seven years ago and becoming the franchisee.

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