By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item
MILTON - A larger-than-life statue of the man who changed the face of food -- and the economic landscape of the Valley -- was unveiled Tuesday at ConAgra.
The statue depicts Chef Hector Boiardi, founder of the Chef Boyardee food brand, with a smile on his face, looking like he was about to walk into the nearby offices and check on his food.
"That was his kitchen," said nephew Paul Boiardi, looking out over the Milton ConAgra plant. "That's how he thought of it."
The statue is made of bronze, cost about $80,000 and has been two years in the making, said plant manager Steve Smith.
ConAgra -- which acquired by the Chef Boyardee company in 2000 -- shut down for the 2:30 p.m. statue unveiling so employees could watch the unveiling, Smith said.
"Hector was the first steward of the brand," Smith said. "You are responsible each day for the quality and consistency (of the products)."