A certain part of the editorial team is horrified at this particular revelation, that Nando’s uses McCain frozen chips. OK, maybe they have a very special recipe and all that but still, frozen? What’s wrong with cutting up a good old spud yourself?

Yes, of course, this is a gross over reaction by that part of the editorial team that doesn’t even live near a Nando’s, not even in the right country. But then that’s why – for they do live very close to where the basic cuisine itself comes from. This is thus really a horror:

Fans of high street restaurant chain Nando’s are incredulous today after the firm admitted using McCain’s frozen chips in its dishes.

The revelations, which emerged after a former employee spoke with a local newspaper, left scores of supporters shocked on Twitter.

The firm says it has an “exclusive” recipe as part of a partnership with McCain Food Services.

It means they may not be the same as what consumers cook at home from the freezers.

“Our hugely popular chips are developed in partnership with McCain Food Services and the specific recipe is exclusive to Nando’s,” a spokesperson told the BBC.

This basic style of chicken, a grilled spatchcock with piri piri, is a Portuguese dish. More specifically, it’s “estilo de Guia”. Guia being a village not far outside Albufeira in the Algarve, Guia also being a village within cycling distance of the residence of one of the editorial team (note, the best exemplar of the dish actually being nearby in Silves).

It is also true that this “frango piri piri” is the standard take away food of the entire country of Portugal. This is why, at least as far as we know, there are no Nando’s in Portugal.

There is also a useful manner of working out whether someone is being serious about their supply of frango. Sure, everyone will have their own blend which makes up the sauce, there’s competition here. But the serious people will be using spuds to make chips onsite, the unserious will use frozen.

Nando’s is not being serious.

BTW, yes, Nando’s is Portuguese. The route is from Portugal, indeed from Guia for the cooking style originally, through Portuguese Empire to Mozambique, then after independence into South Africa which is where the chain itself started. That linkage is why they call it “peri peri” for example. Spellings and styles go a little awry at these sorts of distances.

But still frozen chips are a marker of not being serious about yer chicken. Naughty Nando’s.

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