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A jammy wotsit? Deep fried jam sambo created by Irish chip shop helps them win prestigious business awards

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 22/12/2015 | 11:04

TWO Irish siblings, who scooped two prestigious business awards in Australia, have partly attributed their win to their best selling snack - the 'Paul's Jammy Wotsit'.

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The deep fried jam sandwich is made with white bread, and at approximately 800 calories per serving you won't hear nutritionists promoting its consumption.

The Traditional Chip Shop, which has three branches across Sydney, in Randwick, Bondi Junction and a newly opened outlet in Bondi Beach, won 'Best Start-Up' and 'The People's Choice Award' at the recent Irish/Australian awards for Irish-owned businesses.

Will Dolan (39) and his wife Suzanne own the business, while Will's sister Clare Dolan (36) is the company's General Manager.

Double Winners!! We are extremely proud to have won the Start Up category & the People's Choice Award! Thank you all for...

Posted by The Traditional Chip Shop on Friday, 20 November 2015

"Double winners!! We are proud to have won the start up category and the people's choice award. Thank you all," a post on the company's official Facebook page read.

Will, originally from Meath, says he was "just delighted" with the awards.

"The jam sandwich was suggested by a supplier I met in the UK years ago.

"It stuck with me so I set about making it a reality," Will told Independent.ie.

However, the sweet and calorific treat isn't the only thing that has punters flocking to their restaurants - their deep fried Mars Bars, battered black and white puddings and curry chips are all very popular among ex-pat customers.

"We were getting through six tonnes of spuds a week and 6,000 battered sausages every three months.

"The success has been phenomenal.

"We've opened three restaurants in 15 months," Will said.

The Traditional Chip Shop employs 40 people across it's three branches.

"The employees are a mixture of Irish, English, Welsh and Scottish people.

"Customers are nostalgic for the chipper at home so they come in and have a feed.

"The Aussies didn't know what they were missing, they tried the grub and now they love it," Will laughed.

The Dolan family plan to open a fourth outlet in Manley, a Sydney suburb, in the coming months.

After that Will said he has plans to take the 'chipper' concept nationwide.

"After Manley opens we will get going on a shop in Melbourne and one in Perth," he said.

Meanwhile loyal patrons tweeted about the tasty food on offer at The Traditional Chip Shop, describing it as "old school", "proper fish and chips", "yummy" and "the closest you'll get to home style".

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