Peter Boizot – the man who changed the restaurant landscape when he opened his first Pizza Express restaurant in 1965 – has been honoured with an industry award.
Mr Boizot’s vision of a pizzeria business led to the development of one of the most famous and successful chains on the high street, with more than 500 branches in the UK and abroad.
His impact on the industry led to him being awarded the outstanding contribution prize at the Papa Awards for the Italian food industry in London last week.
Those in attendance at the Royal Lancaster London heard how Mr Boizot made a life-changing trip between school and joining the army to be an au pair for a family in Florence, Italy. There he discovered his love of pizza and decided to launch a restaurant business.
Chef Theo Randall presented the award to PizzaExpress’ UK managing director, Zoe Bowley who attended on behalf of Mr Boizot.
She said: “We are delighted to see Peter recognised for his services to the industry and I am incredibly proud to be acting on his behalf. As a business we’re constantly striving to remain true his vision and values and will continue to do so.”