Fried chicken brand Mother Clucker has been acquired by Famously Proper, the owner of Byron.

The deal will see the “unique identity and secret recipe” of Mother Clucker remain the same as it expands under the new ownership, which is backed by private investment company Calveton UK.

Mother Clucker was founded in a converted US Army ambulance in 2013 by Ross Curnow and Brittney Bean.

It has a number of food truck and street food pitches in London, a site at Stanstead Airport, and a restaurant in Clerkenwell.

Simon Wilkinson, CEO of Famously Proper, said: “We have been looking for a premium, market leading chicken brand since we formed the new company back in August 2020. We admire the work that the Mother Clucker team have done over the years as an innovative and pioneering brand, just like Byron, and will sit perfectly within our company. We can’t wait to get to know the team and continue the journey of bringing Mother Clucker to more locations.”

Bean said: “After eight years frying chicken in food markets, parking lots, pubs, bars, airports, shopping malls and a permanent shop or two, we’re really excited to hand over the reins of Mother Clucker to the team at FPL.”

Curnow added: “The most important thing to us was that the community we created, both of regular fans and internal team, was valued and FPL is committed to doing just that. It’s a perfect partnership in our eyes and we’re excited for the next chapter.”