*It is believed that this dish was invented by Count Dmitri Alexandrovich Gur’ev (1751–1825), Tsar Alexander I’s Minister of Finance, to commemorate the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. (Goldstein, A la russe, 114; Pokhlebkin, O kulinarii, 50.) According to another version of the story, however, the dish was an inspiration of the chef of Count Alexander Dmitrievich Gur’ev, who was governor of Odessa from 1822 to 1825. (Zakharova and Tolchinskaja, Puteshestvie v stranu Kulinariju, 79–80.)
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