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Monday, April 8, 2019

Longtime Northern Kentucky Chef Dies in Vehicle Crash in Boone County

A well-known northern Kentucky chef known for his creativity and affinity for his localized cajun cuisine has died.

Donald (Doni) W. Attebery, 48, of Petersburg, KY, has been a staple in the northern Kentucky food scene. He was a longtime chef for Colonel De's Gourmet Herbs and Spices and recently took over as Head Chef at York Street Cafe in Newport.

He died Sunday night at around 9:30 p.m. when his 2000 Jeep Cherokee, which had been traveling westbound on Burlington Pike (KY-18) near Botts Lane, overturned onto the driver’s side, partially ejecting him from the vehicle.

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According to deputies on the scene, the vehicle appeared to have traveled off of the right side of the roadway into an embankment which caused the vehicle to overturn.

Attebery was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit is handling the investigation. The roadway was reopened at 1:05 a.m.

On Sunday, April 7, 2019 at approximately 9:36 pm, Boone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of Burlington Pike (KY18) and Botts Lane for a report of an injury accident.

Doni Attebery (left) with Matt Buschle in April 2017 before the Farm to Fort Dinner. FTM file. 


  1. Doni was a great man. He was a great friend and a great chef. Everyone he knew will miss him and remember him fondly.

  2. Prayers for Mr. Attebery family and all who knew him