Ettore Boiardi

Italian chef

Ettore "Hector" Boiardi (October 22, 1897 – June 21, 1985) was an Italian-American chef. He was famous for his brand of food products, named "Chef Boyardee". He was a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Ettore Boiardi
BornOctober 22, 1897
DiedJune 21, 1985(1985-06-21) (aged 87)
Cause of deathNatural causes
Resting placeAll Souls Cemetery,
Chardon, Ohio, U.S.
Known forChef Boyardee foods
Spouse(s)Helen Wroblewski Boiardi (m. 1923-1985, his death)
ChildrenMario Boiardi

Boiardi was born in Piacenza, Italy. Boiardi was married to Helen Wroblewski from 1923 until his death in 1985. He had a son, Mario Boiardi. Boiardi died on June 21, 1985 in Parma, Ohio from natural causes, aged 87.[1]


  1. UPI story (June 23, 1985), "Hector Boiardi Is Dead: Began Chef Boy-ar-dee", The New York Times, pp. Late City Final Edition, Section 1, Page 28, Column 4, retrieved 2007-07-11 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) “Hector Boiardi, founder of Chef Boy-ar-dee Foods, one of the first packaged Italian food businesses in the nation, died Friday night after a short illness. He was 87 years old.” “His company was first called Chef Boiardi, but Mr. Boiardi found that customers and salesmen had difficulty pronouncing his name, so he changed the brand name to the phonetic spelling, ‘Boy-ar-dee.’” “He came to the United States in 1917 and worked at hotels in New York and Greenbrier, W.Va., where he directed the catering at the reception for President Woodrow Wilson's second marriage,”

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