Famous Food Names: Beyond the Earl of Sandwich, Who Else Has a Food Item Named After Them?

When it comes to food, we often associate certain dishes with the regions they originated from, like French fries or Italian pasta. However, there are also many food items named after individuals, much like the sandwich, which was named after the 4th Earl of Sandwich. This article will delve into the fascinating world of food etymology, exploring some of the most famous food items named after people. Let’s embark on this culinary journey and discover the stories behind these delicious dishes.

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff, a Russian dish of sautéed pieces of beef served in a sauce with sour cream, is named after the Stroganoff family. The recipe was first noted in a cookbook published in 1861, which was presumably prepared by a French chef who worked for the Stroganoffs. The dish gained international popularity and is now a staple in various cuisines around the world.

Peach Melba

Peach Melba is a classic dessert, invented in the 1890s by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, London to honor the Australian soprano, Dame Nellie Melba. The dessert is a simple but elegant combination of peaches, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream.

Oysters Rockefeller

Oysters Rockefeller, a dish of oysters on the half-shell that have been topped with various other ingredients (often parsley and other green herbs, a rich butter sauce and bread crumbs) and are then baked or broiled, was named after John D. Rockefeller, the richest American at the time, for the intense richness of the sauce. The dish was created at the New Orleans restaurant Antoine’s in 1899 by Jules Alciatore, son of the restaurant’s founder.


Chateaubriand is a recipe of a thick cut from the tenderloin, which is grilled and served with béarnaise sauce and chateau potatoes. The dish was named after Vicomte François-René de Chateaubriand, a French writer and diplomat who served Napoleon Bonaparte and Louis XVIII.

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta dish made from fettuccine tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter. The dish was named after Alfredo di Lelio, a restaurateur who invented the dish in Rome in the early to mid 20th century.

In conclusion, the world of food is full of fascinating stories and historical connections. The next time you enjoy one of these dishes, remember the person it was named after and the story behind its creation. Bon appétit!