French fries and ketchup – is there any bigger food love story around the world?

French fries may be an American (despite the name) icon – but they’ve truly taken the world by storm. And with a side of ketchup to match, it’s become one of the most loved combinations in restaurants, bars, and cafes.

What’s a hearty burger without a side of golden fries? And what’s a successful night out without a serving of salt and pepper fries?

We’re unashamed lovers of french fries, but just where did French fries come from?

‘French fries’ – what’s in the name?

The French may have gifted the US with the Statue of Liberty in 1886, but we can thank the Belgians for crispy golden fries.

That’s right. It was Belgium, where, in the late 17th century, french fries were becoming more and more popular.

French fries may have been around in Europe for some time, but it wasn’t until 1812 when Heinz popularised a tomato sauce in bottles.

Since then. fries and ketchup have become a classic – a go-to snack no matter where you are in the world.

Whether you like your ketchup neatly in the corner of your bowl of chips – or much prefer to splatter it all over them – take a look at this amazing illustrated history of the culinary dream team from Sir Kensington’s.