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Foods Named After People

Bet you didn't know these foods were named after a real person...

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    Beef Wellington − Invented by the personal chef of Arthur Wellesley, the 1st Duke of Wellington, who lived from 1769 to 1852.

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    Tootsie Roll − A candymaker in New York invented the Tootsie Roll in 1896. He named it after his daughter Clara, whose nickname was Tootsie.

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    Caesar Salad − Invented by chef Caesar Cardini in the restaurant of his Tijuana hotel, Hotel Caesar.

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    Clementines − Named after French monk Père Clément Rodier, who discovered the little orange in North Africa in the early 20th century.

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    Cobb Salad − Bob Cobb, the owner of The Brown Derby in L.A., invented the salad for himself as a late-night snack back in 1936.

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    Eggs Benedict − There are two theories behind this one:
    1. A stockbroker named Lemuel Benedict said he thought up the dish while nursing a hangover at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria in 1894.
    2. Delmonico’s head chef Charles Ranhofer claimed that he invented it for the stockbroker LeGrand Benedict.

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    Fettucine Alfredo – In the early 20th century chef Alfredo de Lelio invented a dish for his pregnant wife, which was fettucine with a whole lot of butter and Parmesan cheese.

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    German Chocolate Cake − This cake has nothing to do with Germany. It was named in honor of Sam German, whose brand of baking chocolate (Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate) is a main ingredient in the cake.

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    Graham Crackers – 1800s Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham was a big proponent of living a puritan lifestyle and adhering to a strict vegetarian diet. His "Graham bread, " a staple of his Graham diet, was made from coarsely ground wheat flour.

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    Granny Smith Apples − Marie Ana Smith invented this sour green apple by mistake in Australia in 1868.

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    Nachos − Were invented by a maître d’ named Ignacio Anaya – his nickname was Nacho.

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    Salisbury Steak – Named after a doctor named James H. Salisbury in the late 1800s.

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