Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 8th 2013 Contents JOANNE BRIGGS
Joe Brown s philosophy is this:
"Do you know that saying---all
things in moderation? That s
a crock. Do everything to
That s his secret to living as heartily
as he has, even with as much as four
hours of sleep.
"Why waste time sleeping? You sleep
when you re dead," he responded, after
detailing his daily schedule.
By 4 am he is jogging around the
Queen s Park Savannah, by 4.30 am he
has made his trek to the Lady Young
By 7 am he s arriving at the Queen s
Park Oval---heading to his restaurant
Jaffa and will be there to work some-
times an 18-hour day. Weekends are
not for resting either. You might just
see him on the Churchill Roosevelt
Highway, on a bike along with fellow
members of the cycling club Saturday
Religion or just on his own, riding as
far as he can.
It explains his youthful outlook on
life at age 58. His burly, athletic frame
is moulded by his years in rugby and
marathons, as a tri-athlete and a sailor.
Now he s an endurance cyclist, train-
ing, challenging himself to races he
finds around the world.
He recently went to England to com-
pete in a 300-miler to be completed
in 24 hours and with good cause, as it
was a charitable race to raise funds for
"I don t mind being my age as long
as I don t act my age," he quipped in
his British accent.
But when it comes to the business
of food, that s another story.
Brown has spent the last 20 odd
years in Trinidad---firstly, enticing the
palate of Hilton Trinidad diners as exec-
utive chef (he jokingly blames then
general manager Alfred Aguiton for
taking him away from Hilton Puerto
Rico where he was second executive
chef for four years); then, independently
as owner and executive chef at the fine
dining restaurant Solimar located in St
Ann s; now, as owner and executive
chef at Jaffa (second floor of the Queen s
Park Oval) which has become a popular
venue for lunch or dinner.
"Fortunately I still enjoy it. When a
supplier brings me a load of off-the-
boat fresh fish, even if it s 200 lbs or
when I am about to leave I ll stay to
butcher them and make sure they are
on the menu by the next day," he said.
"I own the company, I manage the
company, I cook almost every day. Yes,
I am the chief, cook and bottle-washer."
In total, Brown has been a chef for
the past 42 years, starting his appren-
ticeship in July 1971 in his homeland.
His passion for food, his reputation
for demanding high standards in the
kitchen, his dedication to the profession
supports the lifetime achievement
award he received just recently from
Table Talk, the brainchild of Jamaica
Observer senior associate editor for
Lifestyle Novia McDonald-Whyte.
Although he is an outsider, his heart
is in Trinidad. Besides the women, what
he likes best about Trinidad is it is a
• Twitter: @GuardianTT • Web: guardian.co.tt
Japan has launched the
world s first talking robot
into space to serve as com-
panion to astronaut Kochi
Wakata who will begin his
mission in November.
The android took off from
the island of Tanegashima in
an unmanned rocket also
carrying supplies for crew
onboard the International
Space Station (ISS).
Weighing 2.2 pounds, 13
inch Kirobo is due to arrive
at the ISS on August 9.
how machines can lend
emotional support to people
isolated over long periods.
Kirobo has been pro-
grammed to communicate
in Japanese and keep records
of its conversations with
Wakata who will take over as
commander of the ISS later
this year. In addition, it is
expected to relay messages
from the control room to the
"Kirobo will remember Mr
Wakata s face so it can
recognise him when they re-
unite up in space," the
robot s developer, Tomotaka
Dozens of tests were car-
ried out over nine months to
ensure Kirobo s reliability.
Continues on Page B2
Kirobo is world's first talking robot sent into space
"I own the company, I manage the company, I cook
almost every day. Yes, I am the chief, cook and bottle-
washer" ---Joe Brown, owner and executive chef at Jaffa Joe Brown, 58, still relishes 18-hour days at his restaurant Jaffa's at the Queen's Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE
Links Archive August 7th 2013 August 9th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page