Saturday 22 September, 2018

Chef Raymond Joseph remembered

Chefs, foodies and those in the food industry will say farewell to Chef Raymond Joseph tomorrow. 

Joseph, who passed away over the weekend from cancer, will be laid to rest on Thursday at St.Peters Baptist Church, Gonzales, Belmont at 10 am. 

Members of the National Culinary Team, which Joseph formerly led, are expected to be present at the funeral in the white national culinary jackets while bartenders will be in their national suits. 

Joseph was the Head Chef at the Courtyard by Marriott in Port of Spain for eight years. 

In a tribute posted to its Facebook page, the Hotel said:" Over the last eight years, you touched each of our lives in an extraordinary manner. You will always be remembered for your commitment to culinary excellence, your passion for developing local talent, your ambition, your wit, your humility and most of all your infectious smile. Thank you for raising the standard in our operations, for pioneering our Junior Chef programme and for being an excellent ambassador not just for the Marriott brand but for Trinidad & Tobago 
Your legacy will never be forgotten, you will remain in our hearts and minds we will miss you.

Born and grown in Snake Valley, Laventille, the youngest of five children, Joseph attended Eastern Boys in Port-of-Spain and later Success/Laventille Composite and South East Port-of-Spain Secondary.

Attending the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) in Chaguaramas was his dream after he which he found employment at Cascadia Hotel before moving on to Marriott.

Joseph is remembered for his kindness, his mentorship and skill as a chef.  He touched the lives of many. 

Naomi Lovell, Junior chef of national culinary team 2013 who is currently employed at Hyatt said:

"You guided and moulded me into what I am today and for that I am eternally grateful !! You were a fantastic Chef and an awesome person!! You've touched the hearts and soul of so may people with your wisdom , your kindness and your culinary expertise !!! It was my greatest pleasure working along side you!!! Rest In Eternal Paradise CAPTAIN !!!!! #GonebutNEVERforgotten #bestcapatainever."

Chef Brigette Joseph, Owner, Gspotd said in her tribute: "I woke up this morning and it wasn't a dream...My first chef ever, the first one that saw who I was and experienced me in the kitchen and then told me of my potential...then most recently we worked as colleagues teaching the future chefs. He believed in OUR food, OUR flavours and OUR style...many can learn from his humility, a very talented man who didn't feel that his light would dim by sharing it. You will most definitely be missed."

Joseph will be laid to rest at the Tunapuna Cemetery.