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A hungry teenager persuaded Nando's to put his favourite meal back on the menu after devising a celebrity-backed campaign of public pressure.
Andreas Heath, 17, was devastated when the chicken restaurant announced a restricted menu during the pandemic, leaving off his favourite Sunset Chicken Burger.
The college student – who eats the dish most weeks – has been getting his chicken fix from McDonald's but said it "never quite met the mark".
When Andreas saw an Instagram post from Nando's in January adding new items to its pared-back lockdown menu, he was gutted his favourite meal still wasn't included.
He vowed to contact the chain every day until the dish – two flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken thighs, cheese, spinach, and smokey red pepper jam in a bun – was reinstated.
His daily social media comments got the attention of boxer Anthony Joshua, who backed his campaign on Twitter.
And five weeks later, on campaign day 37, Nando's relented and put the dish back on the menu after a year.
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Nando's even acknowledged Andreas' strife and told him "your persistence paid off".
He ordered a burger the minute the menu change was announced and said he nearly hugged the delivery driver before tucking in.
Chuffed Andreas, from Stockport, Manchester, said: "It is honestly my favourite thing.
"The mix of flavour you get from that burger really is like nothing else.
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"When they were able to do deliveries after the first lockdown lifted they ran a restricted menu, but kept the Sunset burger off!
"I put up with it for however many months because the pandemic seemed to have forced their hand.
"But then they started introducing brand new items to their menu. I just didn't understand why and didn't want to see the death of that burger.
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"I messaged them as a bit of a joke but people were getting on board with it.
"Then Anthony Joshua crops up and comments underneath on the second day which was mad.
"I was really consistent with it and it paid off. I am genuinely so happy."
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Andreas – who visits Nando's about 35 times a year – started his campaign after going nearly a year without his go-to favourite meal.
On the second day of his social media revolution, he earned the support of boxer Anthony who replied: "andreasheath18 re tweet lol".
His five-week campaign inspired an army of fellow burger lovers to join in commenting on the chain's Instagram post with the hashtag £savethesunset.
Last week, the restaurant announced it would be re-introducing the Sunset Chicken Burger for a limited time.
Andreas replied: "This is is…the final day of me doing this…Commenting 'bring back the sunset burger' every day on every @nandosuk post until they do. Day £37. It's been a hell of a ride, I love you all."
Nando's replied: "@andreasheath18 your persistence paid off. Drop us a DM, we have something for ya…" – and sent him a £20 voucher.
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