“Old soldiers never die—they just fade away” is an old saying that was popularized by General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) in his farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951. Many parodies of the saying have been made.
“Italian chefs never retire. They’re just put out to pasta” has been cited in print since at least 1977 and has been credited to American humorist Shelby Friedman. The word “die” often replaces “retire” in the saying, and the “put out to pasta” line also is frequently used to describe horses.
The Balance Sheet
Italian chefs never retire. They’re just put out to pasta.
27 July 1978, Norwalk (OH) Relfector, pg. 7, col. 8 ad:
Italian chefs never retire. They re just put out to pasta.
The Wall Street Journal Book of Wit:
A 10 Year Treasury of Thousands of Highly Quotable Rhymes, Daffynitions, and Quips
By Charles Preston
Homewood, IL: Dow Jones-Irwin
Italian chefs never retire. They’re just put out to pasta. —Shelby Friedman.
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
By Gyles Brandreth
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
Old Italian chefs never die—they’re just put out to pasta.
Shelby Friedman: attributed
@smh That horse meat lasagne should be put out to pasta.
6:24 PM - 7 Feb 2013
@Peter_vdm horse meat in pasta! Gives a new meaning to being put out to pasta
5:47 AM - 19 Feb 2013
P.L. Klein, Author
“Old Italian chefs never die - they’re just put out to Pasta.” ~ Shelby Friedman #QuickQuotes #PLKleinAuthor http://PLKlein.com
8:31 AM - 30 Jun 2015