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The Sandwich is reported to have been created by John Montagu4th Earl of Sandwich, (3 November 1718 – 30 April 1792) who was a British statesman (often criticized) who held various military and political offices, including Postmaster General, First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for the Northern Department. As First Lord of the Admiralty, the Earl of Sandwich supported Captain James Cook’s 1778 voyage that discovered the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii).

As to the actual creation of the sandwich and what was in it, the real story is lost to history. One version has the Earl instructing his valet to bring him meat between bread in 1762. Another claims he ate sandwiches to remain fortified at the gambling tables. Supporters reject this version saying the busy Earl of Sandwich would most likely have been eating at his desk while working. Detractors might point out that the family is now trying to commercialize the Sandwich name in a chain of Earl of Sandwich, Sandwich Shops run by the 11th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. The link goes to their web site. If the 4th Earl had been so diligent, would his descendants be flogging the family name to hawk sandwiches to the American masses in 6 states? 

Still another alternate version credits the Earl’s brother-in-law, Jerome De Salis from the Swiss Grison Republic, with introducing the Earl to sandwiches. The Grison Republic is known for its dried meat Bündnerfleisch and had a subject territory, Valtelline, where De Salis was raised that is known for Bresaola, an aged, air-dried salted beef.

Perhaps the first sandwiches were made with Bündnerfleisch or Bresaola, but Teaching Chef’s theory is that ham was the filling. How does he support his claim? He knows that that the small Kentish town of Sandwich, settled since Roman times, (where Teaching Chef used to live) is only 5 miles (8 K) from the small village of Ham. What could have been more natural than for him to smoke that one out?