Tragedy struck Facebook Monday morning, as Executive Chef Josef Desimone was killed in a motorcycle accident. Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reported the sad news in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.
I have some very sad news to share.
This morning, Josef Desimone, our executive chef, was involved in a motorcycle accident, and I’m sorry to report that Josef has passed away.
Josef was a Facebook legend and institution. “Chef Josef” joined us in 2008 and built our culinary team from a handful of employees in a single café into a global team with dozens of world-class restaurants. He never compromised on quality while maintaining total attention to detail. Josef played an incredibly important role in defining our culture during those first years and right up to the present.
Away from Facebook, Josef was just as energetic and driven. Almost every weekend, he was volunteering with veterans’ organizations, hosting firefighter breakfasts, or supporting some other valuable cause. He had a strong belief in giving back more in life than he took, and it shows in all of the people who mourn him today.
We will find a way to permanently honor Josef’s legacy at Facebook soon. For now, let’s remember and celebrate the passing of a great friend, devoted mentor, and inspirational leader.
I had the honor of working with Josef for over the past 11 years, first at Google and then at Facebook. Wherever Josef was, everything was not only delicious, but filled with joy and a love of life. He was a dedicated colleague who cared deeply about all of those around him, a perfectionist who worked hard each day to give his very best to his community, and an inspiration.
We will truly miss you, Josef.