Chef-Owner of ‘Pardon My French’ Died in a Motorcycle Accident Last Week

Posted on: April 14th, 2017 at 5:11 am by


Guilherme Barreto, the Brazilian chef behind Pardon My French in Alphabet City, died last Friday in a motorcycle accident in Delray Beach, Florida. He was 37.

Chef Barreto graduated from Le Cordon Bleu and, according to a 2015 writeup in the Wall Street Journal, spent nearly two decades at a roster of top-rated restaurants, including Picholine and China Grill. The eighty-seat Pardon My French opened exactly two years ago.

He also appeared in Season 13 of The Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen series.

Barreto leaves behind two daughters, for whom a crowdsourced collection is now making the rounds (via GoFundMe page).

His family penned the following letter on his Facebook page:

Friends and Family:

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, father, uncle, and everyone’s best friend. Guilherme Barreto passed away Friday Night on April 7, 2017. 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. You loved life every single day to the fullest. You shared in great experiences and achieved great heights of success but most of all we were honored to have you in our lives. You were special to each and every one of us in different ways.

We have lost a dear person in our lives but we have gained an Angel in heaven to always look down on us from up above. You enjoyed more in 37 years of your life than most people have In a lifetime. You pushed hard and always fulfilled your dreams. Your family and friends can take comfort that you are In a better place now. You will be truly missed by us all. Rest in peace and may God keep you in his glory.

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