Press Release


March 31, 2022

KFC Australia opens the doors to its Degustation restaurant following last night’s launch event with a star-studded guestlist of famous chefs and celebs

From Friday 1 April - Sunday 3 April, KFC Australia will welcome the lucky fans who nabbed a reservation to enjoy its 11-course menu designed by degustation expert, Nelly Robinson

Thursday 31 March 2022 – Sydney, Australia: KFC Australia officially welcomed guests to its world-first, fine dining Degustation restaurant at a Sydney launch event last night ahead of opening the doors to fans this weekend. Pulling out all the stops to make it a night to remember, guests were treated to 11 courses of masterfully crafted, fancy pants KFC as the red carpet was rolled out for an evening of decadent dining.

Giving the 11-course Degustation their tick of approval, a host of notable guests including well-established chefs, foodies and celebrities flocked to the restaurant for an exclusive first taste. The evening saw MasterChef stars Reynold PoernomoSarah Tiong and Pete Campbellchef and TV personality Anna Polyviou, chef Mitch OrrPeking Duk stars Adam Hyde and Reuben Stylesreality TV stars Sophie Tieman and Tina Provis join for a truly KFC affair as guests were encouraged to forget their preconceptions of fine dining and have fun with their food.

Following the announcement of KFC’s Degustation restaurant earlier this month, over 20,000 fans joined the waitlist to nab a seat at the hottest – and tastiest – new restaurant in town. The KFC Degustation restaurant will take guests on a one-of-a-kind culinary journey over three nights from Friday 1 until Sunday 3 April. 

Fans can expect to be blown away by not just the flavour – but the creativity and theatre – as they experience their favourite KFC menu items in unexpected new ways. The 11-course menu created in partnership with Nelly Robinson, Chef Patron and owner of Sydney restaurant, nel., features a decadent selection of dishes all inspired by and showcasing authentic KFC menu items and ingredients. The menu includes:

  • You Call That A Burger? – A tomatoey marshmallow with secret dusting and cheese

  • Zinger® Katsu – A delicious mouthful made with a mini-Zinger, katsu jus, curry mayo and dill on a potato pillow

  • Supercharged® Wings – Cooked over a bed of charcoal, these are beautifully charred - and supercharged - wings

  • Potato and Gravy – This dish is a marvel to behold as the gravy candle (yes, that’s right!) melts, dip your potato bun into the “wax” and enjoy *chef kiss fingers

  • Zinger® Kingfish – A new way to enjoy our Zinger flavour crumbed delicately around sliced kingfish on top of yogurt slaw with lobster

  • Our Twister – a dish in two parts:

    • Tongue Twister® – This one is Colonel’s face on a plate with the flavours of Kentucky Fried Chicken, tomato, lettuce and Pepper Mayo to be licked off and relished 

    • Twister® Sister – A fresh take on our Twister, this one comes with pearl barley risotto, sundried tomato, pumpkin and last but not least our Chicken Tenders

  • Popcorn Chicken® – It’s the Popcorn Chicken our fans know and love paired with celeriac soup, mushroom gnocchi and basil topped off with an edible floral garnish

  • La Di Da Drumstick (aka Fried Gold) – Our iconic Original Recipe drumstick dusted with quinoa and gold ‘coz we don’t call it Fried Gold for nothing…

  • Chips for Dessert – Taking our chippies to the next level this bad boy comes with wattle seed ice cream and burnt pineapple

  • Our Chocolate Mousse – Dipped in nitrogen, these mouthfuls of scrummy chocolate mousse are ‘oh-so-good’ they will literally melt in your mouth

  • Petit Krusher – An old favourite is back in one morsel of chocolate and peppermint goodness

Kristi Woolrych, CMO at KFC Australia, commented: “We’re so thrilled that guests at our KFC Degustation launch night were blown away by the innovative, theatrical ways that our food was presented, really proving that it’s high quality enough for a fine dining restaurant. Now, we can’t wait to welcome our fans over three nights this weekend to enjoy a high-end dining experience that they can have fun with and is uniquely KFC.”

Nelly Robinson, Chef Patron and owner of Sydney restaurant, nel., commented: “We’ve finally opened the doors to our first guests at the KFC Degustation restaurant where we’ve crafted a unique experience merging KFC and fine dining. There’s nothing better than watching guests in awe as they are taken on a culinary journey full of unexpected delights, so we’re certain fans will be raving about the KFC Degustation for a long time to come!”

The KFC Degustation restaurant will be open from Friday 1 until Sunday 3 April. For more information visit the website: https://reservations.kfc.com.au/ 

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