We honour Chef Harry as a man who lived life to the fullest on his own terms, demanding respect and receiving recognition for his skills and talent. It is therefore with sadness that United and Strong expresses condolences to the family and friends of Edward ‘Chef Harry’ Joseph, who it has been confirmed passed away yesterday at the age of 78.
Owner of the much-acclaimed Green Parrot Hotel, Restaurant and Bar, ‘Chef Harry’ was known the world over for his culinary skills. Verbose and jovial, he was considered an engaging entertainer and his property was a mandatory stop for most tourists to the island.
This was also the case for hospitality workers, with Green Parrot becoming almost a school for hospitality . Chef was also known for his generosity to staff, with gifts as lavish as cars. His philanthropy extended to the national hospital, sports teams and pageants, most notable gifting a plot of land to one pageant winner. He also sponsored the education and in some cases the daily expenses, of several Saint Lucian children.
Chef Harry was celebrated during his lifetime with the road alongside the Green Parrot Hotel name Chef Harry Drive in his honour. He was also inducted as an Honorary Member of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association in 2011 and was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurial and Private Excellence from the Saint Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association (SLISBA).
Reporting in The Voice Newspaper in 2013, Marius Modeste noted that one of Chef’s favourite sayings was “Saint Lucia has three wonders of the world – the Pitons, the Sulphur Springs and Chef Harry”.