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Chef Boyardee

Photo Credits:  Larry Ferguson © 2011
Photo Credits:  Larry Ferguson © 2011
Photo Credits:  Larry Ferguson © 2011
Finished in 2011

by: John Lajba
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 6'
Owner: ConAgra


ConAgra Corporate Offices 1 ConAgra Dr. The sculpture stands in the plaza on the western edge of ConAgra's downtown campus
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bronze sculpture of male figure wearing chef hat

Additional Information

The task of bringing Chef Boyardee to life fell to Omaha sculptor John Lajba. Chef Boyardee isn't a cartoon or a corporate creation, Lajba said. “He was a human being.” Parents and grandparents might remember when the man himself appeared in most of the brand's television commercials. Hector Boiardi — he went by “Boy-ar-dee” because it was easier for Americans to pronounce — was a hotel chef and restaurateur before he opened a packaged Italian foods company in the 1920s. Boiardi died in 1985 at 87. ConAgra Foods acquired the company in 2000. Lajba used many photos of Boiardi for reference. “He was a man who had a lot of class and a lot of charm.”