‘Jonray’s strength and bravery were unbelievable’

November 30 2015
‘Jonray’s strength and bravery were unbelievable’

‘Jonray’s strength and bravery were unbelievable’

THE death of Jonray Sanchez-Iglesias, co-owner of Westbury-on-Trym’s Michelin-starred Casamia, coincided almost exactly with the dramatic breakthrough by the restaurant into the Sunday Times Top 100.

Amazingly Casamia appeared in fourth place, and it was only very recently that Jonray and his brother Peter were named chefs of the year in the Good Food Guide 2015.

Jonray died of skin cancer at the age of 32, and tributes poured in from across the restaurant industry.

His parents Paco and Sue said: “Throughout the past four years, Jonray’s strength and bravery were unbelievable. No matter what challenges he faced, Jonray would always fight back.“

Peter said: “JR made me a better cook, made me a visionary and taught me value in life.”

Jonray is survived by his wife and two young daughters.

The funeral was held on November 23rd at St Mary, Redcliffe.

Only two months ago the Voice reported that Jonray and Peter were taking Casamia to a new location on the site of the former General Hospital in January.

A statement from Casamia says that the project will still proceed.

“We are still going full steam ahead and will be opening on January 15th as planned.”