Chef From Famous SF Restaurant Killed On 280

The victim of a fatal crash on Interstate Highway 280 in Daly City on Tuesday morning was a chef at San Francisco’s Greens Restaurant, executive chef Annie Somerville said today.

John Paul Ueber, 32, of San Francisco, worked under Somerville at the prominent vegetarian restaurant located at Fort Mason.

“He was a very integral part of Greens,” Somerville said.

She said Ueber had worked there since 2004 when he started as an extern through the California Culinary Academy where he studied. He had made his way through the ranks, advancing from lunch chef, to sous-chef to head chef, Somerville said.

The crash happened at about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday on northbound I-280 near state Highway 1 after Ueber lost control of his Honda SUV and struck the center divide.

The SUV overturned and came to rest in the far left lane. Ueber, who was alone in the car, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Somerville said Ueber had just dropped off his fiancee at work and was returning to the city.

She described Ueber as a proud San Francisco native who had attended Drew College Preparatory School.

“He just loved the city,” she said.

He also loved to cook.

“He was a very multi-talented person,” she said. “A very accomplished person. Super energetic, always moving forward.”

A social man who spent his free time outdoors, Ueber was also a true leader, Somerville said.

“He was super responsible,” she said. “He was great at teaching people to be efficient.”

She said he had a knack for showing people how to prepare certain dishes and learn the Green repertoire.
While in the Greens kitchen, “he thought like a vegetarian,” according to Somervile—although she said he was by no means a vegetarian in his personal life.

Somerville said the staff is devastated by the loss, but that the restaurant is still open and running.

“Everyone is stepping up as he would wish us to do,” she said.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.ueber Carl Ueber

    John Paul is, was my little brother. The love he showed in the kitchen, was everyday for him. He was wonderful. He wanted everyone to love and get along with each other. Whenever we would see each other, there was lots of hugging. He was just that type of person, infectious with a love for life. His fiance Eva was a huge part of his happiness recently. Those who knew him, will never be able to forget him. His fondest wish was to be with Eva and start a family. He had wanted to be married since 17, he just never found his soul mate until Eva. John Paul was not perfect, but he was a miracle, to my parents, and a shining light whenever you were in a dark place. We last hugged in the alley behind his friend Mike’s home near 15th and Mission. I was on duty, working. Our talks were never long enough. As he left, he gave me his patented, full wraparound, all inclusive hug, and said what he always told me, “I love you big bro. I always will.” I replied, ” I love you too little bro. You know that.” See you soon we said to each other. He had a huge smile on his face, gave me a jaunty wave, and walked to where Eva was parking. I wish you all had known him, or at least have tasted one of his delectable dishes. He was beautiful and amazing.

    “I love you little bro. Always.” I just wish he could respond in kind.

    Sorrowfully, Carl Ueber

    Please, hug someone you care about today. For JP, and for yourself. It makes a world of difference. Be well, be happy. Miss you JP.

    • John Lee

      Very sorry to you and your family for your loss Carl. Your little brother sounded like a truly nice guy. Your message did inspire a total stranger to hug his family a little tighter tonight. Be well.

    • http://twitter.com/GabriellaWest Gabriella West

      This made me tear up. When I heard about the accident on Tuesday (I read about it on SFGate) I was shocked because someone close to me drives a Honda CRV and I worried briefly that it might be her. Greens is a beautiful restaurant and I’m sure your brother was responsible for some of the amazing food I’ve eaten there. Very sorry for your loss, Carl. As an older sibling myself, I can guess how it would feel to lose a younger sibling right in their prime of life. Your parents must be devastated, also.

      • Roland

        My sincerest condolences for the loss of your brother. We did not know him personally but we knew his food very well and have always loved his cooking and influence at Greens. We are sad for you and sad for Annie and sad for Eva and sad for the Greens family — what a terrible loss.

    • Maggie Sidell

      Carl,I’m so sorry for your loss; your heart must be broken.

      I volunteer with your dad, Ed, at the SF International Ocean Film Festival. I don’t think I ever met John Paul, but do know that he, too, was a supporter of our festival especially during the Opening Night gala.

      Peace to you and your family during this very difficult time.

    • michael mazza

      I am so very sorry for your loss. As a person who has spent almost 30 years behind the line and the bar and as a man who has lost a fiancé and two brothers I can only say that I truly feel your pain. Tears will not stop but they will slow down with time.
      My sincere condolences.

    • Barry T.

      It appears he may suffered a health emergency to cause his vehicle to go out of control and result in an untimely death. RIP

    • Dave Hardware

      Hello Carl. I happened upon your brothers accident moments after it occurred. Please contact me so I can share with you my experience in he incident. I am very sorry for your loss.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ana.m.blanco.777 Ana M Blanco

      Dear Carl, I am so sorry to hear of you and your family’s loss. I was fortunate to have met JP as he always supported our Opening Night event of the SF Intl Ocean Film Festival. He always had a wonderful smile for all of our guests and we were blessed with his passion for cooking. Thank you for sharing your thoughts…its a side of him I didn’t know, but sounds exactly like what one would expect. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. And yes a hug can have a profound effect on those you love and care about…

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryanbowen333 Ryan Bowen

      JP was my classmate from CSB. I have great memories of our time together. He planted a stink bomb under my chair during computer class, I punched him, we both ended up in the principal’s office, and we laughed about it for years. As people do, we went our separate ways…But I am sick about the loss to the Ueber family and his fiancee. Carl, you and the family are in my thoughts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carl.ueber Carl Ueber

    John Paul is, was my little brother. The love he showed in the kitchen, was everyday for him. He was wonderful. He wanted everyone to love and get along with each other. Whenever we would see each other, there was lots of hugging. He was just that type of person, infectious with a love for life. His fiance Eva was a huge part of his happiness recently. Those who knew him, will never be able to forget him. His fondest wish was to be with Eva and start a family. He had wanted to be married since 17, he just never found his soul mate until Eva. John Paul was not perfect, but he was a miracle, to my parents, and a shining light whenever you were in a dark place. We last hugged in the alley behind his friend Mike’s home near 15th and Mission. I was on duty, working. Our talks were never long enough. As he left, he gave me his patented, full wraparound, all inclusive hug, and said what he always told me, “I love you big bro. I always will.” I replied, ” I love you too little bro. You know that.” See you soon we said to each other. He had a huge smile on his face, gave me a jaunty wave, and walked to where Eva was parking. I wish you all had known him, or at least have tasted one of his delectable dishes. He was beautiful and amazing.

    “I love you little bro. Always.” I just wish he could respond in kind.

    Sorrowfully, Carl Ueber

    Please, hug someone you care about today. For JP, and for yourself. It makes a world of difference. Be well, be happy. Miss you JP.

    • John Lee

      Very sorry to you and your family for your loss Carl. Your little brother sounded like a truly nice guy. Your message did inspire a total stranger to hug his family a little tighter tonight. Be well.

    • http://twitter.com/GabriellaWest Gabriella West

      This made me tear up. When I heard about the accident on Tuesday (I read about it on SFGate) I was shocked because someone close to me drives a Honda CRV and I worried briefly that it might be her. Greens is a beautiful restaurant and I’m sure your brother was responsible for some of the amazing food I’ve eaten there. Very sorry for your loss, Carl. As an older sibling myself, I can guess how it would feel to lose a younger sibling right in their prime of life. Your parents must be devastated, also.

      • Roland

        My sincerest condolences for the loss of your brother. We did not know him personally but we knew his food very well and have always loved his cooking and influence at Greens. We are sad for you and sad for Annie and sad for Eva and sad for the Greens family — what a terrible loss.

    • Maggie Sidell

      Carl,I’m so sorry for your loss; your heart must be broken.

      I volunteer with your dad, Ed, at the SF International Ocean Film Festival. I don’t think I ever met John Paul, but do know that he, too, was a supporter of our festival especially during the Opening Night gala.

      Peace to you and your family during this very difficult time.

    • michael mazza

      I am so very sorry for your loss. As a person who has spent almost 30 years behind the line and the bar and as a man who has lost a fiancé and two brothers I can only say that I truly feel your pain. Tears will not stop but they will slow down with time.
      My sincere condolences.

    • Barry T.

      It appears he may suffered a health emergency to cause his vehicle to go out of control and result in an untimely death. RIP

    • Dave Hardware

      Hello Carl. I happened upon your brothers accident moments after it occurred. Please contact me so I can share with you my experience in he incident. I am very sorry for your loss.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ana.m.blanco.777 Ana M Blanco

      Dear Carl, I am so sorry to hear of you and your family’s loss. I was fortunate to have met JP as he always supported our Opening Night event of the SF Intl Ocean Film Festival. He always had a wonderful smile for all of our guests and we were blessed with his passion for cooking. Thank you for sharing your thoughts…its a side of him I didn’t know, but sounds exactly like what one would expect. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. And yes a hug can have a profound effect on those you love and care about…

    • http://www.facebook.com/ryanbowen333 Ryan Bowen

      JP was my classmate from CSB. I have great memories of our time together. He planted a stink bomb under my chair during computer class, I punched him, we both ended up in the principal’s office, and we laughed about it for years. As people do, we went our separate ways…But I am sick about the loss to the Ueber family and his fiancee. Carl, you and the family are in my thoughts.

  • disqus_eg2ZyFIQiH

    Carl,

    I am sorry for your loss. The pain your family and Eva are going through. No words can assuage, I hope you will find solace around you. That even in the deepest sorrow, a ray of light shines through.

    Letting go is hard, I know your little brother is sending you many, many hugs. While we cannot see, we will feel the strength to carry on, until one day we meet again.
    ev

  • disqus_eg2ZyFIQiH

    Carl,

    I am sorry for your loss. The pain your family and Eva are going through. No words can assuage, I hope you will find solace around you. That even in the deepest sorrow, a ray of light shines through.

    Letting go is hard, I know your little brother is sending you many, many hugs. While we cannot see, we will feel the strength to carry on, until one day we meet again.
    ev

  • http://www.facebook.com/nihilville Rio Coffelt Roth-Barreiro

    Thank you for this. JP was one of my best friends since high school and the best man at my wedding. He was incredible man, a hard worker in his profession as well as life, but also one who approached everything with a sense of humor and mischievousness. Even though he was sometimes sick of it after cooking all day, he loved cooking for his friends. He was also an award winning home brewer who made a Fat Angry Blonde™ like you wouldn’t believe. But more than anything he was the greatest friend you could wish to have. Always there for you, always supportive, always ready with a quick quip and a mischievous smile. It’s hard to imagine he’s gone.

    My thoughts are with you Carl and to the rest of the family and of course to Eva.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nihilville Rio Coffelt Roth-Barreiro

    Thank you for this. JP was one of my best friends since high school and the best man at my wedding. He was incredible man, a hard worker in his profession as well as life, but also one who approached everything with a sense of humor and mischievousness. Even though he was sometimes sick of it after cooking all day, he loved cooking for his friends. He was also an award winning home brewer who made a Fat Angry Blonde™ like you wouldn’t believe. But more than anything he was the greatest friend you could wish to have. Always there for you, always supportive, always ready with a quick quip and a mischievous smile. It’s hard to imagine he’s gone.

    My thoughts are with you Carl and to the rest of the family and of course to Eva.

  • Sam Cuddeback

    Carl, many teachers at Drew join me in grieving for and with Eva and your family. Please know that we remember the kind, shining light you loved and love. He remains a wonderful young man for all of us. Please let your family know we are with you during these very difficult days.

  • Sam Cuddeback

    Carl, many teachers at Drew join me in grieving for and with Eva and your family. Please know that we remember the kind, shining light you loved and love. He remains a wonderful young man for all of us. Please let your family know we are with you during these very difficult days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cass.a.leung Cass Alecs Sailor Leung

    Carl, I was in the same graduating class at Drew as JP and Eva and I was both shocked and saddened to find out about the sudden passing of your brother. He and I were not real close, but as I’m sure you know going to a school with classes as small as Drew’s you kind of get to know your classmates and he was always a nice, genuine, personable guy I’m proud to say I was able to be in school with. Please accept my love and send it to Eva and the rest of your family and may you find peace during what must still be a difficult time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cass.a.leung Cass Alecs Sailor Leung

    Carl, I was in the same graduating class at Drew as JP and Eva and I was both shocked and saddened to find out about the sudden passing of your brother. He and I were not real close, but as I’m sure you know going to a school with classes as small as Drew’s you kind of get to know your classmates and he was always a nice, genuine, personable guy I’m proud to say I was able to be in school with. Please accept my love and send it to Eva and the rest of your family and may you find peace during what must still be a difficult time.

  • Sarah

    I had known John Paul for about 14 years…I had no idea he had passed until I read this article….I’m so sorry. I’m going to miss that AMAZING laugh of his.

  • Sarah

    I had known John Paul for about 14 years…I had no idea he had passed until I read this article….I’m so sorry. I’m going to miss that AMAZING laugh of his.