After leaving his head chef job at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, in 1924 Boiardi opened Il 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 spaghetti sauce. Four years later, in 1928, he opened a factory and moved production to Milton, Pennsylvania, where enough tomatoes and mushrooms could be grown. He decided to name his product "Boy-Ar-Dee" to help Americans pronounce his name correctly.
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