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Question #1207 posted on 10/31/2003 4:02 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Where does the name of the dessert "Pavlova" orgiginate? I've heard a few stories but I want to know the REAL one.
- Sweet Tooth

A: Dear Sweet Tooth,
It was created and named for Russina ballerina Anna Pavlova. Supposedly the dessert was created in 1935 by chef Herbert Sachse of the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Australia, to celebrate the visit of Pavlova. It is also commonly said to be created by a chef in Adelaide who watched her perform, who wanted to create a dish as light and airy as the dancer. The origin of the dessert is shrouded in uncertainty, but the fact that the dish was created in honor of the ballerina Pavlova seems undisputed. You just have to be careful when making the dish because the ingredients are usually given their Austrlian/New Zealand names, like castor sugar.