Who invented Crepes Suzette?
“A Crepe Suzette is a light pancake served rolled up or folded over in an orange sauce, sprinkled with an orange-based liqueur or brandy and flambeed at table. It seems to have come on the scene around the turn of the twentieth century, but its prcise origins and the reason for its name are not clear. The chef Henri Charpentier made great play with having invented the dish at the Cafe de Paris, Monte Carlo in 1896 for the Prince of Wales, and named it after the young lady who was the prince’s companion on that particular occasion, but his claim has been shown to be an imposture. The first know preference to such crepes in print comes in August Escofferi’s Modern Cookery 1907), in which he refers to them by the English name Suzette pancakes.” —An A to Z of Food & Drink, John Ayto [Oxford University Press:Oxford] 2002 (p. 96) “In 1897 Suzanne Reichenberg, an actress who was known professionally by the simple name of Suzette, was appearing at the Comedie Francaise in the role of a maid.