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Guilherme Barreto, a chef and consultant who worked in several East Village and Lower East Side kitchens, was killed in a motorcycle accident Friday in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 37.
Barreto, a native of Goiania Goias, Brazil, worked for a variety of restaurants, including Pardon My French on Avenue B.
“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a tapas hole-in-the-wall joint or a three-star Michelin restaurant, I just cook my heart out,” he told The Wall Street Journal in a 2015 feature on the opening of Pardon My French.
He also appeared on The Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."
A friend has set up a crowdfunding campaign for Barreto's two daughters, Aivie and Barbara. You can find that information here. There's a service Thursday morning in Boca Raton, Fla.
His family left a message on his Facebook page. It reads, in part:
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, father, uncle, and everyone's best friend.
Thank you Guilherme for all of the knowledge, wisdom, memories, and love that you shared with us throughout the years. You shared so many and wonderful experiences with us that we will never forget our time with you. A simple laugh or joke always made the day better. Your kind and crazy charisma made you the special person that you were.