Gatsby Gate
(24 Apr 2018)

How a gatsby should look like. Photo: Crush Mag Online

The real deal. Photo: Crush Mag Online

Gatsby Gate

Change is good, but sometimes sticking to the original is the best. This is definitely the case when it comes to traditional food in South Africa like the beloved gatsby.

The gatsby was born back in 1976, when a fish shop owner in Athlone, Rashaad Pandy, assembled the sandwich to feed a few labourers. The original consisted of a Portuguese roll stuffed with polony, slap chips and atchar.

Mr Rashaad Pandy invented the Gatsby. Photo: Cape Town Magazine

Mr Rashaad Pandy. Photo: Cape Town Magazine

Today you can find variations of these with fish, viennas or Russians and steak, but it's always stayed quite simple and true to what Mr Pandy invented back then.

The offending gatsby.

The offending gatsby, screenshot taken from a video on Facebook.

So when Sonja Edridge had the opportunity to show the world the wonder of the gatsby on The Food Network, locals were unhappy with her version including spinach, curry and deep fried potato wedges on a ciabatta with homemade mayonnaise and Asian plum chutney.

This was Zola Nene's take on Gatsby Gate and the link between culture and food:


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