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Jefferson; Thomas

The 3rd president of the U.S.A. Was something of a gourmet of his times - so much so that he died $40,000 in debt; a large sum for the period. As well as employing a French chef, Julien Lemaire, he went to great lengths to import the best European food and wine. On his travels he would watch Parmesan cheese being made, and introduced items such as spaghetti and waffle irons to the States.

All this happened during a time when the newly-formed America republic enjoyed a very basic diet, based around salt pork. As a service to his country he illegally imported rice that grew in Piedmont in drought conditions (to plant in the Carolinas) - at this time the export of rice from Piedmont was punishable on pain of death.

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