How cool would it be to have a dish named after yourself?
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, was obsessed with card games. It was so much into playing cribbage that he wouldn’t stop not even for having lunch. So, he had this idea to ask his valet to put a slice of beef in between two slices of bread.
The idea doesn’t quite sound overly brilliant to me. But we’re still calling it “Sandwich”, aren’t we?
And Nachos? Well, they’re named after their inventor: the mexican chef Ignacio Anaya Garcia, aka “Nacho”. His restaurant in Piedras Negras, near the US-Mexican Border, was regularly visited by the wives of the American officers, whose husbands were stationed at the near Fort Duncan Air Base. One day (in 1940) the ladies asked for “a new snack”, so Nacho came out with what will became, only a few decades later, one of the most popular snack in the world.
1889: the Italian Royal Couple paid visit to Naples. Raffaele Esposito, a “pizzaiolo” decided to send them a pizza made of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil: toppings reminding the Green, White and Red of the Italian Flag. The Queen, called Margherita, found it delicious and sent Esposito a thank letter. Raffaele, amazed by such a reference, renamed in its menu said Pizza as “Margherita”.