Peter Boizot

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Peter Boizot needed to “carry nice pizza to the UK”, restaurant MD Zoe Bowley mentioned

The person who based the Pizza Categorical restaurant chain has died aged 89.

Peter Boizot found the Italian dish whereas working as an au pair in Florence between leaving college and beginning nationwide service.

The entrepreneur opened the primary Pizza Categorical restaurant in Wardour Avenue, Soho, in 1965 and now has 490 branches across the UK and Eire.

He remained near his residence metropolis Peterborough and owned Peterborough United from the late 1990s.

Mr Boizot was born in 1929 in Peterborough and went to high school within the metropolis earlier than going to Cambridge College.

Pizza Categorical managing director Zoe Bowley mentioned “we’ll miss him dearly” and confirmed the “exceptional entrepreneur” died on Wednesday.

She mentioned: “He launched a culinary revolution with the primary Pizza Categorical in 1965, introducing scrumptious pizza and informal eating to the UK, impressed by his travels in Italy.”

She added he “achieved an astonishing quantity, not simply inside the eating trade, however throughout music, sport, and charity as effectively”.

When he heard concerning the Venice in Peril fund, he created the Veneziana pizza which has thus far raised £2m.

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The entrepreneur was additionally a soccer membership chairman, a jazz membership proprietor and an artwork collector throughout his lengthy life

Peterborough United tweeted it was “saddened to report the loss of life of Peter Boizot” who had additionally been membership chairman.

It credited him with “a serious a part of the success within the late 1990s/early 2000s when Posh secured promotion at Wembley in 2000”.

Pizza Categorical was bought to the Chinese private equity firm Hony Capital for £900m in 2014.