Lord of the Fries in Sydney offers Halal and Kosher fries

… and they’re ethical to boot!  For anyone who believes carbs are evil, you can go get stuffed.  And by stuffed, I mean stuffed full of french fries.

According to their website, Lord of the Fries is “an ethical fast food restaurant serving up the best hot chips and award-winning vegetarian burgers and hot dogs in Australia”.  I have never in my life heard “ethical” and “fast food” in the same sentence.  Is that right?  Can that be real?

It’s this Halal and Kosher preparation that really piqued my interest, probably because there aren’t a lot of fast food places out that there will prepare in such a way

But yeh – I guess it is.  Developed from a last night snacking bonanza in 2004 by friends Mark and Mandy whilst living in Taiwan, they discovered that they shared a special love not just for each other (ngaawwww) but for fries – which is probably even more heart-warming!  They believe that food should be made with love, and not animals, and therefore Lord of the Fries is 100% vegetarian, and can also be made gluten free, Halal and Kosher.

It’s this Halal and Kosher preparation that really piqued my interest, probably because there aren’t a lot of fast food places out that there will prepare in such a way. I also love the fact that if you do practice these dietary requirements, they can certainly be found right here in Sydney.  It’s also pretty accessible

Here’s what the Lords (or one of them, i.e. Mark Koronczyk) had to say:

Where are you from originally?

Sam (my brother) and I are from Melbourne, Australia. Mandy, my wife, who also co-founded Lord of the Fries is from Toronto, Canada.

They believe that food should be made with love, and not animals, and therefore Lord of the Fries is 100% vegetarian, and can also be made gluten free, Halal and Kosher

What were you doing in Taiwan when you first came up with the idea of the ultimate fries shop? (i.e. working, studying?)?

I was working as a teacher at a Montessori school with Mandy. We bonded over a love of creating the ultimate fries because there were so many poor quality options out there.

What was it about your experiences that made you want to develop a business that offered gluten free, Halal, Kosher and vegan food?

Being a vegan coeliac, I wanted to create a place where I could get food that I loved that was not available to me anywhere else in Australia. We felt there was a gap in the market to cater to the diverse range of religious and dietary beliefs in Australia.

How do you verify that your food is Halal and Kosher-approved? Is there a certain certification process you had to go through and what was that like? 

With both certifications, it is more about meat slaughter, so being a vegetarian restaurant it makes being Halal and Kosher certified quite straightforward. Being Kosher means you are not allowed to mix meat and dairy products, so the Kosher certifier needs to visit all our food suppliers and verify no meat is “contaminating” the food that is being delivered to us.

Image courtesy of Lord of the Fries

Image courtesy of Lord of the Fries

So are you saying that a vegetarian, a Imam and a Rabbi can walk into a Lord of the Fries and they can sit down and eat together?

Yes anyone can eat at LOTF.

What’s the difference between the preparation of Halal and Kosher food?

Preparations are very similar – difference is that meat and dairy cannot be consumed together by Kosher law. Halal does not have this restriction, it refers to the way meat is slaughtered – something we do not have a problem with being vegetarian!

Being a vegetarian restaurant it makes being Halal and Kosher certified quite straightforward …

What’s been the response to Lord of the Fries having Halal and Kosher food available on the menu?

We think the public is very happy that all can eat together at our restaurants. It’s open to all who love good fresh food made with love, not animals.

What’s your favourite thing on the menu right now?

I love our fries, of course! Especially our Classic fries. My favourite burger is the Spicy mini.

 

Lord of the Fries are located at 537 George St, Sydney and various sites in Melbourne.  For more information on location please visit them here.

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