Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868) was a famous composer, culinary enthusiast and wine lover. He lived in Paris and had his own special table at all the well-known restaurants in town. It seems that Rossini would have given the receipt for the Tournedos to the French top chef Auguste Escoffier from restaurant Café Anglais, to cook this for him. The dish became a huge success and stayed on the French menu. Nowadays, traditional French restaurants still serve the Tournedos Rossini.
The classical way to serve Tournedos Rossini is with a beef tournedos, pan-fried in butter, served on a brioche, topped with foie gras, garnished with slices of black truffle and finished with a Madeira sauce.