Tuesday 23 July, 2019

Condolences pour in for British chef, expat after tragic accident

Photo: Joe Brown, head chef at Jaffa Restaurant, was killed in an accident, along with British expat Joanna Banks while cycling along the Uriah Butler Highway with an accompanying police escort.

Photo: Joe Brown, head chef at Jaffa Restaurant, was killed in an accident, along with British expat Joanna Banks while cycling along the Uriah Butler Highway with an accompanying police escort.

Condolences poured in following a tragic accident which claimed the lives of British nationals, chef Joe Brown and Joanna Banks, who were cycling with the Slipstream Cycling Club on Saturday morning.

The management of Jaffa Restaurant thanked the many patrons, friends and supporters who extended their condolences.

"We would like to thank all those who have extended their condolences and words of love, comfort and support. The outreach has been overwhelming and it is appreciated. We are going to be strong, and hope to emerge from this tragedy stronger than ever.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Joanna Banks and we wish all those injured a speedy recovery.  Rest in Peace Chef."

(Photo L:R: Head Chef at Jaffa Restaurant, Jow Brown and BP manager, Joanna Banks, both British nationals, were killed in a gruesome cycling accident on November 10, 2018.)

Khalid Mohammed, head chef and owner of Chaud, mourned his loss

"Chef Joe Brown was more than a business partner, he was a mentor and a great friend. We have suffered a massive loss to our culinary landscape as Joe's contribution to the restaurant scene in Trinidad & Tobago has had a direct influence on all our lives."

"As we at Chaud Restaurant try to come to terms with the news of his passing, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Jaffa family. He will be missed dearly," he said. 

Trinigourmet's Sarina Bland also issued her condolences. 

"Shocked to learn about the passing of Chef Joe Brown this morning. A true culinary giant. My condolences to his family, the family of Joanna Banks who also lost her life, their friends and the family and the staff of @jaffaattheoval . Heartfelt sympathies also go out to the family and friends of all the injured. RIP."

Executive chef at Buzo Italian restaurant, Cristian Grini, said the news was heartbreaking. 

"At behalf of our all organization and team we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family,friends, team and coworkers of Joanna Banks and Iconic Chef Joe Brown who lost their life in a tragic accident early this morning. Trinidad & Tobago just lost a piece of their culinary heart, the main pillar of our industry and truly an Iconic Master."

"...and from me ...Chef , I have no words, I am sure you reading this as you can read each one of the messages the whole country is posting right now, I am speechless, my heart is broken, I feel the pain of each one of your family members included your Jaffa’s family....because we both know how we feel about our team right?! They are our family, they are US, no matter how hard we are on them at times we know is all about passione and we deeply care and love each one of them, we will all be there for them in this time of need , count in all of us in the industry Chef we will make sure they’ll have our support."

"Our flags are down today and our knifes are sharp-less! Take care Joe, I am sure we’ll meet again one day! Rip Chef."

bpTT also issued condolences to the family and friends of Joanna Banks:

"Today BPTT mourns the loss of Joanna Banks, a member of the BPTT family. We are saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Joanna, Joe Brown and all of those affected by today’s incident."

Brown and Banks were killed after their cycling group, which was being escorted by the police, was hit by a car which lost control along the Uriah Butler Highway.

Banks, a British citizen and manager at BP, died at the scene, while Brown succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment for critical injuries. 

Ten of the other cyclists were transferred to hospital.

The driver of the car that mowed down the cyclists told police that his tyre blew out and he lost control of the vehicle.

He reportedly passed a breathalyser test administered at the scene. 

Minister of Works and Transport, Rohan Sinanan, told media that he intends to amend the Road Traffic Act to protect cyclists. 

"I will be taking a policy document that the Ministry has been working on over the past year to cabinet this Thursday. It is aimed at protecting cyclists on the nation’s roadways via amendments to the Road Traffic Act," Sinanan said on Saturday, following the tragic accident. 

Local road safety NGO Arrive Alive will be holding a Day of Remembrance for road traffic victims on November 17, 2018, and Brown, who was part sponsor for the event, and Banks, will be remembered on that day. 

 

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