‘He was one of a kind’: Renowned Portland chef remembered by community after passing away

The family confirmed Lauro Romero passed away in his sleep Friday morning, February 16. He was 42-years-old.

PORTLAND, Oregon — The Hispanic and Portland food communities are mourning the loss of Chef Lauro Romero. Family and friends took to social media over the weekend to share the impact he left on them. 

“There are so many stories and so many memories with Lauro,” said Daniel Huerta, a friend of Romero’s. “He was one of a kind.” 

To many, Romero was a trailblazer in Rose City’s food scene. He arrived in Portland in 2013 on a quest to further his passion for food. Romero later co-founded

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