Chef Nathan Toubia seriously injured in motorcycle accident

Nathan Toubia at Saturday morning's Iron Chef cookoff.

Chef Nathan Toubia, the owner of Bocconcini Italian Eatery, was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident early Sunday morning. His passenger was critically injured.

Toubia and his friend, who also is his manager at the restaurant, were on his motorcycle at Kellogg and Hillside about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning when a Ford Mustang turned in front of them and they hit it, my colleague, Stan Finger reported. Both were thrown from the motorcycle. She suffered several serious injuries.

Toubia suffered  a crushed pelvis, broken ankles and fractures in his leg. He underwent a lengthy surgery and will have to be off his feet for at least eight weeks, said Tracy Cumba, who is running the restaurant in Toubia’s absence.

In the meantime, Cumba said, Toubia’s staff will be able to keep the restaurant going. They’re operating normal hours, though they’re all shaken by the accident.

I just saw Toubia and his manager Saturday morning at the Old Town Farmers Market Iron Chef cookoff, where he was the runner-up.  I wish them both a speedy recovery.