Chef Boyardee offers really great food varieties that your family will love. The chef Boyardee brand is named after its founder, hector boiardi. Born in Italy in 1897, boiardi immigrated to the U.S. In 1914, and followed his brother to the kitchen of the plaza hotel in New York city, where he quickly worked his way up to head chef. In 1924, boiardi opened his own restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. When customers began asking him for his recipes and ingredients, he got the idea to sell his culinary creations.