Parmentier cream gets its name in memory of Dr. Antoine Augustin Parmentier, agronomist, nutritionist and French hygienist. Parmentier’s greater fame is related to his work for the spread of the potato. In 1771 the Academy of Besançon had placed a contest entitled “What are the plants that may be substitutes in case of famine than those in common use and their preparation?”
Parmentier oversaw the drafting of a memory remained famous on the basis of the use of potatoes made while he was a pharmacist during the war. The memory was rewarded, despite an Act of Parliament in 1748 that accused the tuber of transmitting infections.