Alexis Soyer, the most famous chef in Europe, dies in London

Alexis Benoist Soyer, the French chef who had made his name a household word in Britain, dies in London at the age of forty-eight. The long-time at the elite Reform Club in London, he has become famous with his efforts in Ireland during the Potato Famine, running a soup kitchen that helped save thousands of lives. During the recent Crimean War, he had traveled to the front, put British army catering on a far more efficient basis and invented a field kitchen that will still be in use a century later in the British forces. His work in the war had left him ill and weakened, however, and contributes to his death. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation
W. Frazer Rae, "The Jubilee of the Reform Club," The Nineteenth Century, XIX (Jan-Jun 1886): 679-682.
Byron Farwell, Mr. Kipling's Army: All the Queen's Men (New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1987), 68.
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