Inventor of the (Bloody) Caesar
Died: 1997 in Toronto, Ontario
In 1969, while working for the Westin Hotel chain in Calgary, Walter Chell was asked to develop an original drink to celebrate the opening of a new Italian restaurant. He experimented for three months, eventually settling on a mixture of hand-mashed clams, tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Tossing in a celery stick for a garnish, Chell called the drink a Bloody Caesar.
Later, the Mott Company developed its "clamato" juice and, after an initial dispute, hired Chell to consult and promote the product. He left the country for a while to work in South Africa but returned to Canada where he was employed at the Hotel Toronto. Chell retired in 1990 and died in 1997.
The Caesar is considered Canada's national drink.
1 oz Vodka
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 dash Tabasco sauce
Rim a tall glass with celery salt and fill with ice. Add vodka, fill glass with Clamato juice, and add Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, salt, and pepper. Garnish with a celery stick, and enjoy!
Conacher, Duff. More Canada Firsts. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1999.
Colombo, John Robert. 1000 Questions About Canada. Toronto: Dundurn Press, 2001.
Added 14 April 2002.