Hawaiian pizza inventor Sam Panopoulos dies aged 83

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Ran across a very interesting news story today, You might think well who cares? I do, Hawaiian pizza has always been my favorite and reading about the history of Sam Panopoulos the man who invented the Hawaiian Pizza.

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 "Panopoulos emigrated to Canada from Greece in 1954 when he was 20, eventually going on to own and operate several successful restaurants with his two brothers.It was in one of those restaurants in 1962 that Panopoulos was inspired to add canned pineapple to pizza"

 Sam Panopoulos, who has died aged 83, leaves a legacy that has delighted, confused and appalled diners worldwide. Often at the same time.

Panopoulos is the Canadian man who invented Hawaiian pizza, a dish so divisive it led to a presidential outburst this year.He passed away in hospital suddenly on Thursday. 


How the Hawaiian pizza was created in Canada

They were then owners of the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, a southwestern Ontario town about 290km (180 miles) from Toronto and 80km from Detroit."We just put it on, just for the fun of it, see how it was going to taste," Panopoulos told the BBC. "We were young in the business and we were doing a lot of experiments."Customers ended up loving the savoury sweetness of the dish.The creation also capitalised on the mid-century tiki trend, which popularised Polynesian culture in North America. 

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 Things you may not know about the Hawaiian pizza

  • Its tropical name - "Hawaiian"- came from the can of pineapples used in the first creation
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a fan of the dish and came out on #teampineapple on Twitter earlier this year
  • Chef Gordon Ramsey is not on #teampineapple
  • Some Germans have laid claim to the invention, saying it is based on their pineapple-cheese-ham sandwich, the Toast Hawaii, popular in the 1950s

 Media often sought out Panopoulos after learning that the origins of the controversial tropical-flavoured pizza topping had actually hailed from Canada.

He was back in the spotlight earlier this year after Iceland's president, Guoni Johannesson, created an online uproar by announcing to a group of schoolchildren that he was "fundamentally opposed" to pineapple on pizza and suggested it should be banned.

Panopoulos said at the time he did not understand the president's opposition to the pineapple topping, which he thought gave the dish a "refreshing" bite.

Panopoulos' obituary describes him as "unforgettable personality" whose "candid and frank sense of humour, his booming laugh and blunt honesty will be missed by his family, friends, former employees and customers". 


Ive already had lunch today, if I had read this article before I would likely have eaten Hawaiian Pizza in memory of Sam Panopoulos. 

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I learn something new everyday! Shame of his passing, his delicious invention will live on for a long time though. Too bad for Gordon, he's missing out! :) It's nearing lunchtime here, maybe I'll have some out of respect. Thanks for sharing

My favorite type of Pizza. They do it different at the Greek restaurants here in Panama. They put honey on the plate before putting the pizza on top. WOW!

What an amazing idea. I use homemade money for lots of diferent things but never thought about that before. Thanks for the cool idea hope your enjoying the weekend!

I like it but I do not know who invented..
Thanks for info
Have a great and sunny weekend with your family

That's a shame. Hawaiian topping is one of my favorites..

Well he lived to a ripe age, and he left us a legacy of tasty pinneapple pizzas behind!

There are a bunch of Domino's employees right now wondering why so many people are ordering pineapple today

wow good to know...I keep on learning here at steemit which I am very happy about. This is one of my favourite too and know I know a bit more about it. Thanks for sharing this @mallorcaman ...upvoted

GordonRamsay Gordon Ramsay tweeted @ 04 Apr 2017 - 08:29 UTC

Pineapple does not go on top of pizza..... twitter.com/carlodagostino…

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I'm craving Hawaiian Pizza! R.I.P Sam Panopoulos

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