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Flavor Flav Wants To Compete With Colonel Sanders

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It's official. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the openingof FFC, Flav's Fried Chicken, took place Monday. Hip-hop and reality starFlavor Flav is a partner in his first-time venture as a restauranteur.

The menu includes the Public Enemy hypeman's speciallyseasoned fried chicken recipe, ribs, greens, and macaroni and cheese.

Before teaming with Nick Cimino to establish FFC, Flavalready had a relationship with Cimino's brother, Peter, who owns Mama Cimino'sin Las Vegas.The pizza restaurant sells Flavor Flav's 99-cent wings.

It was Nick's idea to create an eatery based on Flav's recipe."Nick sees me frying the chicken and says, 'I'm going back to my town and I'mgoing to build us a restaurant, the first FFC restaurant,'" Flav told the ClintonHerald. "I said, 'Huh, are you serious?'" FFC is located next to the MamaCimino in Clinton, Iowa.

According to an online review, theFlavor Flav chicken wings had an "extremely oily smell" but were "surprisinglytasty."

Flav revealed what separates his chicken from competitorsKentucky Fried Chicken, Popeye's, Church's, and others. "When you take thebreading off the chicken all's you gonna taste is some boiled chicken," he said."But the secret with FFC is I season my meat first. Then I let the meat seasonthe flour...If you take the breading off my chicken, you'll still taste allof my seasonings."

Flav, born William Drayton Jr., is not new to the restaurantbusiness. He told the Clinton Herald that he grew up watching his mother andsisters cook at their family restaurant, the Soul Diner. "I kinda learned how tocook on my own by watching them," he said.

Flav said he earned a culinary degree in cheffing in 1978,and had also worked as a head cook at the Nassau County Court House as well asat Uniondale High School, both in Long Island.

He added that opening a chicken restaurant has been alongtime dream. He has always wanted to compete with Kentucky Fried Chicken. "Ialways said, 'Colonel Sanders, you better watch out, boy. Your boy Flavor Flavis coming and you got something on your hands.'" Ironically, FFC is locatednear a KFC.

To be honest, I was more shocked that Flav convincingly pulledoff three successful seasons of dating show "Flavor Of Love" than I am aboutthe establishment of this business. As a buffalo wing connoisseur myself, I'mlooking forward to doing a taste test during my next stop in Vegas or firsttrip to Clinton.



[FFC Photo Credit: Mark Hagen/The Clinton Herald]

[Video Credit: Scott Levine and The Clinton Herald]


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