UWC grad digs into history of Cape Town's iconic gatsby in thesis

A masters graduate at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) has written her thesis on the evolution of Cape Town's signature super sandwich, the gatsby.

UWC history student Tasneem Wentzel says her research dissects the intersections between the political history and culinary heritage of the iconic fast food item.

Wentzel explains that she looked closely at the Athlone community and how the Gatsby became popular in a time of forced removals, rebuilding community identity and cultural belonging.

It's a thesis about food, culinary heritage, tradition, politics and history and how that all intersects on our plate or takeaways.

Tazneem Wentzel, UWC Masters graduate

Sometimes we take for granted the history and archives embedded in our food.

Tazneem Wentzel, UWC Masters graduate

Prior to 1960 there was no such thing as a Gatsby.

Tazneem Wentzel, UWC Masters graduate

Listen to the whole discussion on The John Maytham Show:

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