Chef Boyardee (Formerly Chef Boy-Ar-Dee And Also Boyardee Foods) is a brand of canned pasta products sold internationally by ConAgra Foods. Named after its founder, Italian-American immigrant Ettore Boiardi, the company began production in the United States in the 1920s. Along with its canned products, Chef Boyardee also markets boxed pizza and lasagna mixes. In 1924, Boiardi opened the Giardino d'Italia restaurant at East 9th Street and Woodland Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. The idea for Chef Boyardee came about when restaurant customers began asking Boiardi for his recipe and his ingredients. He opened a factory in 1928, moving production to Milton, Pennsylvania ten years later. He decided to name his product 'Boy-Ar-Dee' to help Americans pronounce his name. In 1946 the company was sold to American Home Products. The brand became distributed for use by United States armed forces. American Home Products turned its food division into International Home Foods in 1996.
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