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Christopher Addison Robert Gonzales
Christopher Addison Robert Gonzales
Christopher Addison Robert “Gonzo” Gonzales passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday March 15th 2021. He was found by his brother Alexander in their Sacramento home. Although he did not test positive for COVID, he was a victim of the pandemic.
He was born on December 12,1986 in Sacramento, CA and died in Sacramento, CA.
Christopher is survived by his parents Arthur Michael Gonzales and Barbara Ann (Jollay) Gonzales of Discovery Bay, CA., his brothers Alexander Shea Gonzales who lived with his brother and Michael Arthur Gonzales of Discovery Bay, CA. He is also survived by his grandmother Jacquelyn Jollay of Campbell, CA and his aunts, uncle and cousins that loved him dearly.
Christopher was a graduate of the Diablo Valley College (DVC) Culinary school where he earned certificates in Restaurant Management, Hotel & Restaurant Management (Baking & Pastry and Culinary Arts). He began his culinary journey working at Boardwalk Grill in Discovery Bay moving on to Shutters Brasserie in Brentwood, Ca. The next step on his journey was up to Sacramento moving back to his childhood home where he lived out his life. He joined a fellow DVC alum Brandon at Rio City Cafe. Other stops included Broderick’s, Ten22 in Old Sacramento. When Ten22 announced it was closing, Christopher was recruited within hours by Chef Q to join him to open Echo & Rig. His last place of employment was Casablanca Cafe where he was also recruited by a DVC alum Derek to assist in the opening of that restaurant. Christopher held many titles throughout his career including Executive and Sous Chef. His real value was the right hand man of the Executive Chef who could deploy him where needed. He was honored to represent Rio City Cafe working his culinary magic on the local TV show Good Day Sacramento. At Echo & Rig, he cooked for Vlade Divac, Patrick Willis, LeBron James, James Harden and Neil Patrick Harris among others. Christopher was influenced by Anthony Bourdain and his book Kitchen Confidential was his bible.
He would cook delicious home cooked meals for his brother Alex and his cousin Andria when she lived with them and extended family members during the holidays.
Christopher had an infectious smile and laugh and people that met him became his best friends for life. He had a kind word for everyone that he met. After his restaurant shift would end he would often pass out food to homeless folks that he encountered on his way home. He loved children and animals especially his cousin Andria’s Bella who he would often babysit.
He was an avid fan of the SF Giants, SF 49ers and Sacramento Kings and would often be seen wearing sports attire. He loved traveling with his parents and enjoyed trips to Colorado and Saint Martin.
Services for Christopher will start at 11:00 AM on Sunday March 28th 2021 at Morgan Jones Funeral Home 4200 Broadway Sacramento, CA.
There will be a viewing/visitation from 11-3 PM. Due to COVID protocols masks are required and entrance will be from the parking lot monitored to not exceed capacity in the chapel.
Starting at 11:30 AM, Casablanca Cafe 1820 Blvd Sacramento,Ca will be accepting guests for the Celebration of Life. Guests are welcome to head to the restaurant after leaving the mortuary.
There will be a second celebration of life for Christopher on April 9,2021 in his hometown of Discovery Bay, CA. Details to follow once finalized.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Delta Christian Community Food Pantry (www.deltafoodpantry.com) and Toys for Tots.