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Hector Boiardi was an Italian immigrant who worked in some of New York City's finest hotel restaurants before moving to Cleveland and opening a place of his own in 1924. Customers loved his spaghetti and tomato sauce so much they started asking for takeout portions. He'd fill a milk bottle with tomato sauce and send it out with uncooked spaghetti and some cheese. In 1926, he started Chef Boiardi Food Products Co. to make and sell these spaghetti dinners. In 1928, he changed the company name to Chef Boy-ar-dee so Americans would pronounce his name correctly. The chef died in 1985 at the age of 87. Chef Boyardee is now a division of ConAgra Foods.
July 8, 2009