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A Kiwi Chef In New York City Uses Receipt To Remind People 'Immigrants Make America Great'

Throwing some serious shade at Trump's immigration policies.

08/02/2017 7:23 AM AEDT | Updated 08/02/2017 9:51 AM AEDT

A Kiwi chef residing in New York City has found the perfect way to throw some subtle shade at U.S. President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policies.

Chef Mark Simmons has programmed a message on the receipts given at his restaurant, which has an understated dig at Trump's immigration ban and 'Make America Great Again' slogan.

"Immigrants make America great (they also cooked your food and served you today)," the message at the bottom of the receipts reads.

The chef who heads up Kiwiana in Brooklyn has told stuff.co.nz that the message was political statement. He wanted to make a silent protest.

"I just wanted to remind ourselves and our customers that basically immigrants are the backbone of the hospitality industry. It was only 10 years ago I came here myself and started from scratch," he said.

"I wanted to let my friends and customers know that's my stand, my silent protest. That's what I love about America, it's a place where freedom of speech is valued and respected."

Mary Emily O'Hara, whose Twitter account says she's a contributor at NBC News, took the photo of the receipt and tweeted it with the caption "Breakfast in Brooklyn".

The tweet has since been retweeted over 94,000 times and she said to followers that she was told by the waitstaff that the receipt statement was the chef's idea.

According to Kiwana's website, Simmons was born and raised on a sheep farm in New Zealand and has experience under all posts from "from dishwasher to executive chef".

The Brooklyn Paper says that Simmons was also a former contestant on season four of 'Top Chef' and that Kiwiana is his first solo venture, serving up New Zealand cuisine to New Yorkers.


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