Today in Food History

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Also, on this day in 1854 Paul Sabatier was born. Organic chemist who researched catalytic organic synthesis. The margarine, oil hydrogenation and methanol industries grew out of his research.

In 1893 Raymond Loewy was born. An American design engineer, he designed the Coca Cola bottle, the 1934 Sears Cold spot refrigerator, toothbrushes, etc.

In 1930 Christian Eijkman died (born Aug 11, 1858).  A Dutch physician who discovered that beriberi was caused by a poor diet (a lack of vitamin B1), which eventually led to the discovery of vitamins.

In 1943 ‘Chef Tell’ (Friedman Paul Erhardt) was born (died Oct 26, 2007).  A European trained chef, one of the earliest celebrity TV chefs. He made appearances on Saturday Night Live, numerous talk shows, the PBS show ‘In the Kitchen With Chef Tell’ and was the inspiration for the Muppet’s ‘Swedish Chef.’ He was also a restaurant owner, cookbook author & culinary educator.

In 2013 Charles ‘Charlie’ Trotter died (born Sept 8, 1959).  Famed American chef and restaurateur. His eponymous Chicago restaurant (opened in 1987) was recognized as one of the finest in the world. He was also host of the PBS cooking show ‘Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter’ and the author of 14 cookbooks.

 

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