KFC Chooses Chief Chicken Officer

US - KFC has selected KFC cook, Aaron Person, of Orlando, Florida as the company's first-ever Chief Chicken Officer, a newly created position designed to serve as the spokesman for the roll-out of the restaurant chain's new Cook Certification Program.
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Thousands of KFC cooks across the country will participate in this initiative as the chain works to ensure each and every restaurant location continues to maintain the quality Colonel Sanders demanded more than 70 years ago, the company said.

Barry Westrum, chief marketing officer for KFC, said: "At KFC we pride ourselves on having trained cooks in every one of our kitchens coast to coast, preparing the world's best chicken that our customers know and love every day. Our CCO was selected from a long list of KFC cooks who have exemplary work records and are great role models for their coworkers. We are confident our restaurants across the country will benefit from Aaron's 'So Good' advice."

Mr Person will star in videos designed to reinforce how to best prepare Original Recipe chicken 'The Hard Way' – hand-breading and cooking the chicken fresh every day, just like Colonel Sanders did. Person may also potentially star in a commercial highlighting the cooks in every kitchen at KFC. The chain is currently airing commercials starring actual KFC cooks instead of actors, showcasing a number of the cooks from KFC kitchens across the country, some of whom have been loyal to KFC kitchens for more than 20 years.

Mr Person said: "I've had the honour of cooking Colonel Sanders' recipes every day for the past 25 years and I can't believe I've been chosen from more than 5,000 KFC cooks nationwide to take on this new role of Chief Chicken Officer at KFC. I'm excited to team up with our incredible roster of cooks all over the country so we can continue to elevate the service we provide our consumers at KFC each and every day."

In his 25 years as a cook at KFC, Mr Person has developed a passion for teaching new cooks how to best prepare the chain's beloved chicken. The high standards he holds himself to every day are evident through the accolades he has already received in his career. Earlier this year, he was recognized by KFC President, John Cywinski, for "outstanding product" and he was once the only participant in a company team challenge to receive a perfect score for preparing chicken. When he is not at the KFC kitchens, Mr Person, who is married with five children and six grandchildren, enjoys spending time with his family.

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