Chicken salt, a seasoning from Australia known for its umami flavor and rich taste, has become a staple for enhancing fries with its unique blend of ingredients. Despite its popularity Down Under, it remains relatively unknown in the US, facing competition from established brands and a market saturated with seasonings. At this point, there are likely several questions...
Although French fries are a staple of many restaurants and fast-food places, making the perfect batch of fries involves more than just tossing a basket of sliced potatoes into boiling oil. Every part of the cooking process, including the type of potatoes used, can affect the results. Operators looking to upgrade their menus with the...
In his younger years, Middleby Mexico‘s culinary and project director, Antonio Leon, was exposed to a wide range of ingredients and culinary influences. These expanding horizons — and taste buds — led him to foodservice, where he is featured as the latest Pitco Fry Guy. Take a look, and you’ll quickly see how valuable his...
From the meticulous crafting of handcut fries to the efficiency of using frozen alternatives, the debate over which is better continues. While each has its benefits, there are also many factors to consider. So we decided to explore the pros and cons of handcut vs. frozen fries and show how Pitco fryers are the perfect...
From its origins in Harlem, New York City to today, the iconic duo of chicken and waffles has left its mark. The combination of a perfectly crispy piece of fried chicken with the cakeiness of a waffle makes for the perfect comfort food. And that flavor combo has become loved worldwide. Let’s look at the...
French fries are the perfect side dish. Available in different sizes, shapes, and flavors, they go well with a variety of meals and sometimes can be the main dishes themselves. With the help of Pitco fryers and a little ingenuity and preparation, offering different variations of French fries is easier than ever.  Exploring the Rich...
Universally enjoyed, the French fry is also a menu item that puts people on opposite sides. Crinkle cut or shoestring? Waffle fries or wedge cut? Sweet potato fries or traditional Russet potato? The list goes on and on because French fries are diverse and easy to make. But what is the Gold Standard French Fry?...
There’s no doubting the fact that fries are the perfect side dish. Tasty, textured, and versatile, they carry a universal appeal that also garners profits. While much success in a profitable French fry program can be attributed to the quality of ingredients and the expanse of a chef’s imagination, those aren’t the only things that...
Growing up, Aldoz Sintos was a curious eater and a foodie, which drove him to become a professional chef. Now, as the Middleby Philippines Corporate Chef, he knows plenty about the art of frying. We recently sat down with Chef Aldoz, who is this month’s Pitco Fry Guy, to get his insights into the nuances...

by Pitco on March 7, 2024 at 1:30PM

French fries have been a staple of American food for decades, and their popularity shows no signs of slowing down. However, while traditional fries are still all the rage, many operators are looking for innovative ways to upgrade this simple side dish. Hand-cut fries are one option that delivers added value and appeals to consumers....