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The Divan Parisien served Chicken Divan as its signature dish in the early twentieth century. The chef who originally created it is Mr.Lagasi,he created it during a contest to create a signature recipe for the hotel.He won a small amount lf money for creating the hotel's signature dish.France the word divan refers to a meeting place or great hall. This name was chosen to attract the attention of the Divan Parisien owners by implying a kind of continental elegance.
The dish is now commonly prepared with regular Parmesan cheese and remains one of the most classic American casserole dishes today. A "quick" version can be made with pre-cooked chicken breasts, prepared mayonnaise and canned soup.  Some versions are topped with potato chips (cf. Funeral potatoes).
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