Chef Boyardee Found His Start In Cleveland, Ohio… Then Became A Household Name
What do canned pasta and the Best Location in the Nation have in common? Well, a lot, actually. Clevelander Chef Boyardee (born Ettore Boiardi and known as Hector Boyardee after moving to the United States) found his rhythm right here in Ohio, a state he was not native to but that he effortlessly adopted the culture of. Now a household name, this young chef was nothing more than a boy with big dreams when he arrived in Cleveland… but he found love and success as he cooked up happiness right here in town. His story is often overlooked today, but it is a tale well worth exploring. Heat up a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and get cozy, because this is one story you’ll want to devour.
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Did you know that Chef Boyardee is a Clevelander? Did you know that this famous Italian American chef was not a cartoon character on a can, but a real person? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Nikki is a lifelong Ohioan with a love for literature. She holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Akron and has enjoyed publishing her written work since 2007. She has a love of travel and does so frequently, though she believes that home is where the heart is - she continues to work in and around Cleveland as a digital content specialist to this day, working on everything from commercial scripts and social media posts to grassroots marketing initiatives.