Nando's Admits Using McCain Oven Chips In Its Meals

If you're old enough to remember McCain's legendary 'Daddy or Chips' advert from the 90s, you're old.

However, it also means you're old enough to remember that the answer (given by a young girl being asked by her sister) was definitively: chips.

Given the numerous failures of dads throughout the ages since, and the unending, consistent quality of chips, chips remains the winner.

Credit: Nando's
Credit: Nando's

However, some Nando's users have been shocked by recent revelations that the South African chicken restaurant (oh yeah, it's South African, by the way, if you didn't know) has occasionally been using McCain's chips in lieu of its own homemade variety. Where's daddy now?

In a move a bit like Secret Diary of a Call Girl but thankfully with a lot less sex, a former Nando's employee gave candid insight to the about what goes on behind closed doors, and the revelations are shocking-ish.

Revelations include the fact that chicken livers stink out the kitchen (who knew?), the chicken isn't organic, and many of the restaurant's sides are frozen, including pitta breads, peas, veggie burgers and those oh so famous chips.

Credit: McCain
Credit: McCain

Other revelations include the fact that Valentine's Day is one of the most popular days of the year for the restaurant not with couples, but with hard guys bringing their mums and nans out to dinner, the olives are a rip-off and the famed Nando's black Card (which gives diners free Nando's for life) is very much real.

As reported in The Metro today, Nando's was unrepentant about its use of daddy-crushing oven-baked potato snacks.

A spokesperson said: "As per standard industry practice, some of our non-meat items are delivered frozen, such as our hugely popular chips which we developed in partnership with McCain and are exclusive to Nando's."

Exclusive to Nando's? Are you kidding me on? I could walk into the cash and carry downstairs right now and buy myself a bag. Alternatively, I could cross the street and walk into Nando's, where it would be warm and I'd get so many refills of Sprite it would come out of my ears like Niagara Falls.

Daddy or chips? Chips. Always chips.

Featured Image Credit: Nando's

Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]

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