18 YEARS AGO WE LOST A GOOD FRIEND ON THIS DAY. WE WILL ALWAYS HONOR HIM, AND THE MANY PEOPLE THAT LOST THEIR LIVES ON THIS HORRIBLE DAY. LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND THIS WORLD WILL BE A BETTER PLACE. RAY LOVED TO LAUGH AND PLAY MUSIC. REST IN PEACE. WE LOVE YOU.
Jose Raymond Castro
Comfort Food With Spice
Jose Raymond Castro began cooking at age 9 in a little house on Rosedale Avenue in the Bronx. His mother liked yellow, so she had painted the kitchen bright yellow. She let him cook eggs first. Then came rice, beans, pork, seasoning, the works. Mr. Castro, 37, was fascinated with food.
He started working at 13, delivering food, preparing food, cooking in restaurants around the city. When the World Trade Center was attacked on Tuesday, he was working as a prep cook in a food court on the 101st floor of one of the towers, readying food for the chef.
He specialized in sophisticated food, said his sister, Maritza. “Because that’s what people in Manhattan liked to eat.” But at home in the South Bronx, he cooked for his family: pernil, rice with gandules, lasagna, ziti, rice pudding, honey-glazed turkey on Thanksgiving.
“They had a son three years ago,” Ms. Castro said of her brother and his wife, Gladys. “Oh, that’s the love of his life, and I do mean the love of his life. He looks just like him, too. He’s light-skinned, dirty-blond hair, hazel eyes, skinny just like my brother.”
Profile courtesy of THE NEW YORK TIMES