Inventor of Hawaiian pizza dies at 83

The inventor of the Hawaiian pizza has died aged 83, leaving behind a divisive culinary legacy.

Sam Panopoulos first thought of putting tinned pineapple on pizza at his restaurant in 1962.

"We just put it on, just for the fun of it, see how it was going to taste," Mr Panopoulos told the BBC in February.

"We were young in the business and we were doing a lot of experiments."

The combination proved to be a hit with customers, and was named 'Hawaiian' after the can of pineapples used in the first creation.

"Nobody liked it at first," the Greek immigrant to Canada told CBC.

"But after that, they went crazy about it, because [in] those days nobody was mixing sweet and sour and all that. It was plain, plain food."

It also linked into the popular tiki trend of the time, which celebrated Polynesian culture in North America.

The pizza spread around the world - but not to everyone's delight.

Iceland's President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson recently revealed his distaste for pineapple as a pizza topping when taking questions from students at a local high school.

He told the class that if he had the power to change the law, he would ban it from the frosty North Atlantic island nation.

And while it may have been to first controversial pizza topping, it wouldn't be the last.

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English recently made international headlines after putting spaghetti and pineapple on a pizza.

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