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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....
Battered fried food is delicious and a customer favorite. Which is why it’s a staple in restaurants and foodservice establishments around the world. However, while customers love the crispiness of battered fried foods, operators know freshly battered and breaded dishes can be tricky to cook consistently. After a few batches, the oil can get full...
Chicken wings are a big business. For some restaurants, wings are the main attraction, with various sauces and condiments to create different flavor combinations. In other cases, wings are a staple side dish or appetizer, allowing customers to indulge their tastebuds before the main course. For operators, though, while demand is always high, chicken wing...

by Pitco on February 13, 2024 at 10:50AM

You probably feel passionate about your favorite fry type, be it curly, waffle, crinkle-cut, or wedged. Maybe you find a bite of perfection when you dip a fry in your chocolate shake, a tub of ketchup, or even a bit of mayonnaise. Though there are a lot of preferences in the wide world of French...
French fries have always been a staple side dish. From burgers to chicken wings to sandwiches, fries are often the go-to option for restaurants and foodservice operations. However, while they’re still the undisputed king of sides, customers crave more variety. For operators, this means expanding menus with creative French fry dishes can be both popular...

by Pitco on February 6, 2024 at 2:30PM

Although fried food has always been a staple of American cuisine, not every fried dish is appreciated equally. As with every other menu item, consumer demand can rise and fall for various reasons. Now that the new year is officially underway, it’s time to look at the top 2024 fried food trends we’re seeing. This...
Every year, in the 40 days between Palm Sunday and Easter, Christians observe Lent. This time of observance holds different traditions for different people. One practice that some follow is abstaining from red meat on certain days. This means a lot of fish, especially fried fish, is consumed during the Lenten season.  Fortunately, the Pitco Fryer...