Exclusive – Fred Sirieix has Michelin-starred chefs take on KFC burgers in a first look at Snackmasters season 3
The Channel 4 cooking show is back, with Fred Sirieix challenging chefs to recreate a classic KFC recipe.
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Two top chefs are tasked with cracking an original KFC recipe in Snackmasters' series three premiere next week, a first-look clip reveals.
The series sees First Dates host Fred Sirieix challenge Michelin-starred cooks across the UK to recreate some of the nation's favourite snacks in just one week, with the culinary experts having previously taken on the KitKat, Quavers, Monster Munch and Domino's.
In a teaser clip from series three's first episode, we watch as Tom Aikens, the youngest chef to receive two Michelin stars, and Alex Bond, from Nottingham's Alchemilla open the iconic Snackmasters hamper to find KFC's top-selling Zinger Burger, complete with the Colonel's famous Original Recipe Chicken and Super Charger mayonnaise.
"I have not sampled a KFC probably in like 20 years," Aikens says. "I just wouldn't buy anything like that; it doesn't interest me."
Speaking to RadioTimes.com ahead of next week's episode, Sirieix explained why he started the series with a "really spicy challenge" with the KFC Zinger Burger.
"That’s hard enough because they have to get the texture of the chicken just right and somehow create that zingy flavour and crispy batter... but they also had to replicate the fiery Supercharger Mayo. That's real hot stuff.
"Then just as they think they may have nailed it – I get naughty – and throw in the Secret Recipe Chicken in a bucket. There are 11 secret herbs and spices in the Colonel's Original Recipe – no one has ever previously come close to cracking it, but you can never underestimate a Michelin-starred chef."
Later in the episode, comedian and Snackmasters co-host Jayde Adams goes behind the scenes at one of KFC's factories, where she learns how the Zinger spices are made. "Wow, this is intense," she says in a clip, whilst coughing from the fumes of concentrated capsicum oil, which mixes the spices together. "I tell you what, you lot in here are hard as nails," she tells the KFC staff.
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The Channel 4 show returns next Tuesday, with this series' chefs attempting to recreate Wagon Wheels, Shreddies and Snickers as Sirieix watches on.
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