Canned pasta is mediocre at best. So it’s weird to think that the most ubiquitous brand, Chef Boyardee is the creation of an actual chef, and a good one. With the given name, Ettore “Hector” Boiardi changed his name to “Boyardee” in order help Americans achieve the proper pronunciation. Boyardee’s many achievements included running the kitchen of the Plaza Hotel at the tender age of 17, overseeing the catering for Woodrow Wilson’s second wedding, and receiving a Gold Star from the US Department of War to commend his efforts in providing rations to the troops during World War II. And what does any of that have to do with this little dragon toasting a marshmallow? Well, they’re both chefs . . . right?
Chef, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board