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How this family turned a pub classic into a business empire

Proof of schnitzel's popularity.

Senior Digital Journalist, Your Money

Is there any dish more beloved in Australian pubs and restaurants than the iconic chicken schnitty?

And anyone with a taste for it will probably have heard of Schnitz, the popular Australian restaurant chain wholly dedicated to schnitzel dishes.

The Polish-born chef Roman Dyduk and his two sons opened the first restaurant in 2007 with the simple idea of creating the perfect chicken schnitzel.

Today they have over 70 restaurants across the country and are the largest schnitzel franchise in the world. Their next plan is to expand globally.

Co-founder of Schnitz Andrew Dyduk told Your Money Live the idea came about because his dad’s schnitzel was always the favourite among customers at previous family-run restaurants.

“My dad has been making schnitzels now for 45 years, so we grew up eating schnitzels… it’s been a family treat,” said Dyduk.

Part of the secret to their quick success was that there was nothing else like it on the market at the time.

“So many restaurants did everything else, pizzas and Italian and burgers. And we saw a really great opportunity to create a schnitzel franchise,” Dyduk said.

“Certainly the nearest thing we found was in Austria… there was nothing really like it in the world.”

“We saw a huge opportunity, a huge vision for the brand and we were prepared to risk it all. Including the family home.”

The other secret to their success lies in the family recipe book, and Dyduk says they’re not giving away any details.

The ingredients used in their popular seasonings will remain locked away in the family vault.

Editor’s note: This article has been amended to remove a sub-title some readers may have found offensive. It was not intended to be offensive or derogatory in any way. 

Watch the video above for the full interview.

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