Food

So much for El Cholo's nacho legend *

When longtime El Cholo waitress Carmen Rocha died in October, the L.A. media hailed her as the creator of nachos. It's not so, says chef and Travel Channel foodie Anthony Bourdain and his producers. On last night's "No Reservations" from along the U.S.-Mexico border, they gave the historical credit to Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya, said to have thrown together the first nachos in 1943 at an eatery in Piedras Negras. Wikipedia's users agree, for what it's worth, and say Anaya beat Rocha's first serving of the cheesy chips by 16 years.

* Update: El Cholo says through its publicist that the claim regarding Carmen Rocha has always been that she introduced nachos to Los Angeles. "We never claimed Carmen ‘invented’ Nachos,” says owner and restaurateur Ron Salisbury in a release. “We have always stated that Carmen introduced them to the city as a special treat for her guests, and the recipe she used was based on an old family recipe she brought with her from her hometown in Texas.”


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