Antoine Augustine Parmentier - Google Search (AM) He was a pharmacist, chemist, and employee of Louis XV. He discovered the benefits of the potatoe while held prisoner by the Prussians during the Seven Years Waar. He was so enamored by the potato, that he determined that it should become a staple of the French diet.
The French equivalent of cottage or shepherd’s pie, it’s named after Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a French pharmacist, nutritionist, and inventor who, according to Wikipedia, in the late 18th century, was instrumental in the promotion of the potato as an edible crop. Hachis means chopped or minced, and comes the same root as the English word “hatchet”. So, lots of chopping