Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg Announces Death of Facebook Executive Chef Josef Desimone

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Mark Zuckerberg has announced the death of Facebook Executive Chef Josef Desimone via his Facebook account:

"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 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."

Some of the people who knew Chef Josef had the foillowing to say:

"Jesus..Very sad news. Remember when he came to support us in a softball game in London. He made more noise and gave more support than an entire fan club! Genuinely great guy." - Phil Clayton

"This is so sad. I've known Joseph for something like 9 years, in a past life and at Facebook. We only talked at work -- but he was always passionate, driven, focused, and always was so excited to share some new grand plan or vision he had to make his team, cafes, or service even better. He was so focused on the qualitative things like taste and feel and vibe, and yet was an ass-kicker on inventory management and facilities and getting the best pricing for the company.

He impressed me every time I talked to him, and he's someone I truly admire as a leader in his field. I hope we can all remember him and be as passionate about our mission as he was about his.
" - Mark Rabkin

"Only met Chef a few times when he visited Dublin. He always seemed to be enjoying the craic; my feed was full of him and some friends out in Dublin, either at a restaurant or getting another tattoo. Had a few conversations with him too, seemed to be larger than life itself." - Duncan Hill

He will be missed, and remembered for a long time to come! He was such a great person and someone I looked up to greatly, he such a culture leader" - Mike Dodge

I've never had more fun with a visitor to Facebook Austin than with him - he always bought everyone the finest shots - I can't believe this news! So sad, so tragic." - Killian Hagen

Every morning, no matter how rough the week has been, I try to grab a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice, then stand silently in the courtyard for a couple of minutes and contemplate all of the things I have to be grateful for.

Tomorrow my thoughts will be of you, Josef. You brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people; I don't think the world can get a better gift than that. R.I.P. sir, you will be missed but not forgotten." - Larry Schrof

On countless FB statuses, he would exclaim "I have the best job in the entire world!" You could tell that he, more than anyone, believed that. I always admired him for his immense positivity, enthusiasm, and passion. You will truly be missed, Josef." - Wayne Chang

Not sure if he knew it or not, but Joseph helped me through some difficult mornings when we were back at 1601. I knew I could walk into the Cafe at 1601 and he would be there with a warm smile and a delicious meal to cheer me up. I will not forget your kindness, Joseph. May we honor your legacy by being as loving and enthusiastic as you!" - Alexis Smith

I remember when chef josef came to london to help us pick our culinary team here. He cared so much to make sure we found the best people. He is a legend in our company and I'm so blessed to have met him." -Jos Rebuck 

and many more testimonials. Chef Josef Desimone has obviously made a great impression from the people he met, even once. He will surely be missed. 

* photo credits to Facebook

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