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Cairo, Republic of Egypt; March 2017: The ancient world of Egypt known globally for its remarkable culture and monuments such as the ancient pyramids and the sphinx, and the Pharaohs and the oldest civilization by the banks of the river Nile.

Food is also an integral element of the Egyptian culture. The cuisines of ancient Egypt breathe a span of over three thousand years and some of these even live on today, such as the sandwich. Unbeknown to most, the pharaohs were the first to introduce the “sandwich” thousands of years back, and their eating habits are captured on pictures from tomb walls, foods left in the tombs, hieroglyphic writing and art works about growing, finding or making food.

The main dietary staple for both the poor and wealthy Egyptians was bread, often accompanied by green-shooted onions, vegetables, and to an extent meat, chicken and fish. While the luxury bread only afforded by the wealthy, was flavored with honey, nuts and dates.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo overlooks the Egyptian Museum, home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, which is made up of approximately 120,000 items include the house of the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun. The museum’s proximity to The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo regularly inspires the hotel and its offering. Most recently, the rich Egyptian culture and the museum prompted The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo to recreate the pharaoh’s historic sandwich using the exact same ingredients – creating the perfect dish for tourists and guests to enjoy, completing their Egyptian Museum tour.

Commenting on this new menu, Executive Chef, Khaled Ibrahim said, “Most of the ingredients we use to create our cuisines and the vision behind them is primarily derived from inspiration we seek from the rich Egyptian cultural food that our ancestries used to prepare. We are extremely excited to offer a small piece of history through our sandwiches that mimic a prehistoric way of living.