Chips and cheese: Google’s latest doodle honors Ignacio Anaya García, the inventor of nachos

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This is “nacho” ordinary Google Doodle.

On Thursday, Google used its logo to honor a legend in the food world: Ignacio Anaya García, the inventor of nachos born 124 years ago on Aug. 15.

The doodle is an animated gif featuring García assembling tortilla chips on a plate, then topping them with shredded cheese and sliced jalapeño peppers.

According to Google, García created the signature dish in 1943 while working as Maître d’ at a popular restaurant in the border town of Piedras Negras, Coahuila.

A group of wives stationed at a nearby air base dropped in to eat. García couldn’t track down a chef, so he pulled together a dish he named Nachos especiales. The rest is culinary history.

The doodle was created by Alfonso de Anda, a guest artist based in Mexico City.

“There isn’t a whole lot of information on Ignacio, so I shifted my focus onto the dish itself,” said de Anda in an interview posted by Google. “My approach was very straightforward; imagining Ignacio making his first plate of nachos while implicitly communicating a sense of fun.”

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