23 January 2009

Mahmut Aygun RIP

From the Telegraph:
The man who invented the doner kebab has died

Mahmut Aygun, was suffering from cancer and died in Berlin at the age of 87.

Known as the 'kebab king' he was born in Turkey and moved to Germany at the age of 16 to open a snack stall. He invented the doner kebab nearly 40 years ago.

Kebab meat, consisiting [sic] of roast lamb and spices, had traditionally been served with rice but in a moment of inspiration Mr Aygun saw that the future lay in putting the meat inside a pitta [sic] bread.
I would like to take today's lunch hour to pass the morning of a sandwich pioneer. Surely a contribution to sandwich technology and technique is a contribution to all mankind.(Via Alex Massie, at his new home at the Spectator.)

1 comment:

  1. The doner kebap: the single greatest food I've ever put in my mouth, no question, hands down, no contest.