Hawaiian Pizza creator Sam Panopoulos dies aged 83

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Greek man Sam Panopoulos who created one of the world’s most famous pizza- “The Hawaiian”, has died at the age of 83.

Mr. Panopoulos who earned a place in history by putting canned pineapple and ham on a pizza at his Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario in 1962, had just celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife Christina.

He died suddenly in the hospital on Thursday, according to reports.

Mr Panopoulos had run a string of successful restaurants with his brothers Elias and Nikitas, after migrating to Canada from Greece, when he came up with his famous invention.

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Originally whipped up as a novelty, the so-called Hawaiian Pizza soon became a worldwide craze.

Many criticised the topping and defending his creation, Mr Panopoulos told American media, “those days when I first came up with it, there was nothing to it… it was just another piece of bread cooking in the oven.”

“Nobody liked it at first, but after that, they went crazy about it, because (in) those days nobody was mixing sweet and sour and all that. It was plain, plain food,” he said.

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.