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MP says Boris Johnson can look forward to grabbing a Chiko, as debate over classic Aussie snack sizzles again

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MP says Boris Johnson can look forward to grabbing a Chiko, as debate over classic Aussie snack sizzles again

The origins of the fashionable-or-garden Chiko Roll have again been challenged, after a NSW Nationals MP labelled the town of Bathurst as the classic savoury snack’s “house”.

Key aspects:

  • MP Andrew Gee has said Bathurst is the house of the Chiko Roll
  • But the founder’s niece says the roll is from Bendigo, in central Victoria
  • The Chiko Roll is a deep-fried snack that consists primarily of pastry and cabbage 

The remark came as Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee spoke of the benefits of the UK-Australia free-trade agreement, saying British PM Boris Johnson will have to unexcited look forward to having Chiko Rolls heading to the UK.

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“I heard the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson say on the television last night that he was looking forward to extra Tim Tams and extra Vegemite coming into the UK,” Mr Gee said in Parliament.

Three Chiko Rolls on a plate

Three MPs claim their town — and their town alone — as the savoury snack’s legal house.(

ABC News: Dan Conifer

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“You fabricate no longer know the half of it. The finest is but to approach. Because we have got Chiko Rolls from Bathurst coming your way!

Debate rolls on

The comments have reignited a long-operating debate between Mr Gee, Deputy PM Michael McCormack, and Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters.

While the Chiko Roll is now produced in the NSW town of Bathurst, the product was created in Kennington, a suburb of Bendigo, by Bendigonian Frank McEncroe.

The founder’s niece Mary Donaldson called ABC Central Victoria to refute Mr Lee’s claims.

“[Frank] and his two brothers frail to gallop around to football games and diversified ag presentations and they frail to promote hot meals,” Mary Donaldson said.

Ms Donaldson said she was no longer certain why the debate over the one-handed snack had again raised its head.

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“The last time it was all introduced up, we took Lisa Chesters to the place it was invented in Mill Road in Kennington, and she took [the facts] to Canberra and tried and squash all this nonsense.”

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Ms Chesters remembers the outing vividly.

“Frank and his family have been operating a catering enterprise, and Frank took the idea that to Melbourne, and that’s when it became the Chiko Roll,” she said.

“At the 2d it be made in [Andrew Gee’s] electorate, but prior to it being made in Bathurst, it was being made in Melbourne.

“The Chiko Roll, which was the snack roll, was sold at Bendigo football matches for many years ahead of [it was sold in Wagga Wagga].

A man and a woman in suits eat Chiko Rolls.

Ms Chesters and Mr McCormack battling over the Chiko Roll in 2015.(

Supplied: Lisa Chesters

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Salvage facts straight, says niece

Ms Donaldson said the history of the Chiko Roll needs to be preserved.

“I may well actual treasure [Gee] to collect his facts straight,” she said.

“I fabricate no longer know why [McCormack and Gee] purchase saying that. It is really annoying whenever you’re related to the individual.”

ABC Central Victoria has approached Mr Gee for remark.

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MP says Boris Johnson can look forward to grabbing a Chiko, as debate over classic Aussie snack sizzles again