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Courtney Allan

Michelin impossible: Why this outback KFC restaurant is chasing the highest food honour

Michelin impossible: Why this outback KFC restaurant is chasing the highest food honour

A KFC restaurant in Alice Springs, Northern Territory is pushing for one of the highest international dining honours available: A Michelin Star.

Sam Edelman, who owns the Alice Springs KFC, told Yahoo News Australia he runs the “most remote KFC in the world” and meets the criteria for the star.

 “My store serves people who travel from 500 to 1000km away,” Mr Edelman said.

“That’s part of the criteria - the food is worth a detour, worth a journey to enjoy.”

Edelman came up with the idea after watching a documentary on Netflix.

In order to get a Michelin star, the restaurant has to use quality products, have a “mastery of flavour and cooking techniques”, the chefs must have personality, it should be value for money and the food has to be consistent.

However, the guide for the star has been met with criticism as people think it’s biased towards French cuisine and technique.

In 2016, it awarded a star to a cheap Singapore street food outlet known for a braised chicken dish in a welcome break from tradition.

Edelman is hoping to get the attention of the Michelin judges to a variety of quality restaurants across Australia.

“It’s a bit of Michelin: Impossible, but let’s make it possible,” he said.

“As I say to my staff sometimes, ‘bucket, why not?’”