In tragic food news, the corporate chef at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif. Headquarters Josef Desimone, was killed after being involved in a motorcycle accident on Monday, July 22, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Desimone was “a Facebook legend and institution” according to Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook post, adding that he “built our culinary team from a handful of employees in a single cafe into a global team with dozens of world class restaurants.”
Many attested to Desimones joyous character and delicious food. He attended culinary school in Charleston, South Carolina, and before Facebook had worked at Cafe de la Presse. He was also actively involved with Meals on Wheels and Little Kids Rock, according to a Facebook representative via Mercury News. VP of communications and public policy Elliot Schrage said, “He helped shape the culture that exists at Facebook today and built a team (indeed, a company) that will carry on his legacy,” according to Tech Crunch.
Our condolences go out to Desimone’s family, Facebook employees, and all those that knew him.