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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 standard Chiko Roll have again been challenged, after a NSW Nationals MP labelled the city of Bathurst as the classic savoury snack’s “home”.

The remark got here as Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee spoke of the advantages of the UK-Australia free-trade settlement, saying British PM Boris Johnson ought to look forward to having Chiko Rolls heading to the UK.

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

Three Chiko Rolls on a plate
Three MPs declare their city — and their city alone — as the savoury snack’s true residence.(

ABC News: Dan Conifer


“You don’t know the half of it. The best is yet to come. Because we’ve got Chiko Rolls from Bathurst coming your way!

Debate rolls on

The comments have reignited a long-running 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 used to go round to soccer video games and completely different ag reveals and so they used to promote scorching meals,” Mary Donaldson stated.

Ms Donaldson said she was not sure why the debate over the one-handed snack had again raised its head.


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

The origin story 

Ms Chesters remembers the trip vividly.

“Frank and his household have been operating a catering enterprise, and Frank took the idea to Melbourne, and that is when it grew to become the Chiko Roll,” she said.

“At the second it is made in [Andrew Gee’s] voters, however prior to it being made in Bathurst, it was being made in Melbourne.

“The Chiko Roll, which was the snack roll, was offered at Bendigo soccer matches for a lot of years earlier than [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


Get information straight, says niece

Ms Donaldson said the history of the Chiko Roll must be preserved.

“I’d similar to [Gee] to get his information straight,” she said.

“I do not know why [McCormack and Gee] maintain saying that. It’s actually annoying whenever you’re associated to the particular person.”

ABC Central Victoria has approached Mr Gee for remark.

#Note:- Author Name:- James Findlay

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