The debate hots up – did the French invent the chips, or the Belgians
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The debate hots up – did the French invent the chips, or the Belgians

Brussels : Belgium | Jan 04, 2013 at 7:13 PM PST
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The debate of who invented the first chips seems to be hotting up in 'Brusselicious', the Food festival in Brussels which is being attended by culinary experts from all over the world.

Both France and Belgium have laid claims to be the pioneers but, in the opinion of Pierre Leclerc, a professor of the University of Lige, there is not much proof that it originated in Belgium.

This has been reported in nzherald.co.nz of dated 5th of January 2013.

The French believe that it was called the 'frite', the invention of late 18th century street vendors on the Pont Neuf in Paris soon after the French revolution.

The Belgian version is that the chip was an accidental invention.

It seems as per Belgian folklore, in the 17th century, when the rivers were frozen, some innovative and imaginative fishermen chopped the potatoes into slices to resemble fish and fried them as in-lieu of the real fish.

Incidentally, while the French use chips to eat with fish, the French eat chips with meat products.

As far as the British are concerned, there are references to potato chips being sold in Britain in the early 19th century – but fish and chips stalls had been in existence in the late 1800s.

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