A CHEF at a North Wales KFC drive-thru has been convicted of conspiring to steal the first ever copy of Colonel Harland Sanders’s secret recipe.
A jury at Mold Crown Court decided Arthur Withers was ‘on the inside’ of the scam, which
had previously seen villains from the underworld scour the planet for the sacred hand-penned list.
The crocked cook helped mastermind the plot to steal the secret recipe of 11 herbs
and spices – written on the back of a 1930s napkin by the famous Colonel himself – from a KFC branch in Rhuddlan in March of this year.
After laying his thieving hands on the item the Rhyl man sent a text message to his two
accomplices while still in the KFC kitchen, which read: ‘I’ve got it! 1 tsp ground oregano, 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp ground sage, 1 tsp dried basil, 1 tsp dried marjoram, 1 tsp pepper, 2 tsp salt, 2 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp onion salt, 1 tsp garlic powder and 2 tbsp accent.’
Withers also made off with a number of low value items, including popcorn chicken, a
Big Daddy box meal and lemon-scented wet wipes.
The ‘inside man’ and his accomplices made a hasty exit but were stopped by
police, who had been waiting patiently in the drive-thru, just yards down the road.
The chef at the centre of the scandal was apprehended with severe burns, after a side order
of beans – which have a core temperature matched only by the heat of the sun –
spilled onto his hand during the chase.
The trio’s arrest and subsequent conviction means the hand-written Colonel Sanders
note – the holy grail of the fried chicken world – will stay in its rightful place in North Wales.
Despite originating from North Corbin in Kentucky, America, fried chicken elders at KFC
HQ in Louisville had decided the safest place to keep the sacred napkin was here in Wales, to protect it from the evil forces who wished to seize it and use it to ruin the KFC hierarchy (despite details of the secret tasty recipe of 11 herbs and spices being leaked on the internet earlier this year).