Dino Losole lived to be in the kitchen.
Losole, who had been the chef at Lo Sole Mio restaurant since 1992, was killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash in South Dakota.
Jim Trebbien, dean of the Metropolitan Community College Institute of Culinary Arts, is a friend of the Losoles who has spent many evenings at wine dinners at the family's restaurant at 3001 S. 32nd Ave.
Trebbien has known Dino Losole's father, Don, for more than 20 years.
“Dino was always in the kitchen,” Trebbien said. “He was one of those restaurant kids that just grew up in the kitchen. That's where he spent his life.”
Losole, 41, was traveling north on South Dakota Highway 87 about 4:30 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle on a curve, causing the rear brakes to lock and the back tire to slide left, according to the South Dakota State Patrol.
Losole was thrown from the motorcycle as it rolled off the road, and he died at the scene, the patrol said.
Another motorcyclist was headed south on the highway, and his motorcycle struck Losole. That rider — Darrel Smith, 47, of Rapid City, S.D. — was not injured, the patrol said.
The crash occurred near Custer on a scenic route that many bikers take while in the area for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which began Monday.
Services for Losole will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 4810 Woolworth Ave.
In 2006, Losole told The World-Herald that his father trained him to be a chef.
That same year, Dino Losole tried out to be a contestant on the NBC reality show “The Biggest Loser.”
He had suffered a heart attack that year, at age 33, and wanted to lose weight. He said being around food every day could be difficult, but trying to lose weight was a “no-brainer.”
Trebbien said there is one reason that he — and he suspects others in Omaha — return to Lo Sole Mio time and time again.
“It's the Losoles,” he said. “It's all about that family.”
The restaurant, at 3001 S. 32nd Ave., was closed Monday, according to its Facebook page.