Sam Panopoulos

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Sotirios "Sam" Panopoulos (Greek: Σωτήριος Πανοπούλος; 1934 – 8 June 2017) was a Greek-born Canadian cook and businessman. He was born in Vourvoura, Greece. He was known as the inventor of Hawaiian pizza.[1]

With his brothers Elias and Nikitas, Panopoulos owned the Satellite Restaurant in Chatham, Ontario. They offered typical American items such as burgers and fries, and also American Chinese dishes, some of which also mix sweet and savory flavours. In the early 1960s Panopoulos started offering pizzas, recently popular in the USA.[2] In 1962 he had the idea to add canned pineapple to pizza.[3]

Panopoulos died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in London, Ontario on 8 June 2017, aged 83.[4]

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  1. "Sotirios (Sam) Panopoulos". Archived from the original on 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  2. Chris Johnston (24 February 2017). "Sam Panopoulos, inventor of Hawaiian pizza, dies aged 83 | Life and style". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  3. "Sam Panopoulos, Canadian Inventor Of Hawaiian Pizza, Dead At 83". 6 September 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  4. "Canadian inventor of Hawaiian pizza, Sam Panopoulos, has died at age 83 | Toronto Star". 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-06-12.