Peng Chang-kuei


Age: 98

Taiwanese chef who was credited with inventing General Tso's Chicken, a world-famous Chinese dish smothered in a sweet sauce that was never a staple in China, who first brought the sticky sweet and spicy dish to New York around 1976 (it's now on Chinese restaurant menus across the U.S., exploding popularity after President Richard M. Nixon visited China in 1972), in which the dish also reportedly became a favorite of famed statesman Henry Kissinger who with Nixon helped to open the Communist country to the West spotlighting its culture and food, but General Tso's chicken was never part of the Chinese culinary tradition and who created the dish in the 1950's in Taiwan, where he fled in 1949 with Chiang Kai-shek after the Communists took over China.

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Born: September 26, 1918

Died: November 30, 2016

Taipei, Taiwan