As you may or may not know, Sergio is a featured chef in my book. Without exception, during all my dealings with this talented chef, whether over the phone, via e-mail, or in person, he was the quintessential gentleman. Kind, warm, generous, gregarious, thoughtful, and friendly -- almost to a fault.
There's one more thing I have to -- rather, want to -- confess. His Shrimp Santos recipe in my book brought me to heaven and back. It is simple but absolutely beyond delicious. It is quite possibly my favorite recipe in the book. Seriously. I will think of him with the fondest of memories every time I make it.
RIP our dear friend. Cleveland will miss you terribly.