I met him while I was testing and helping Gourmet and he was quick to take me under his wing as we bonded for our common Cuban heritage. While I can not recall a specific moment on the set, I have a favorite cover. Or two. One is a pizza pie, and the other is a wonderful chop of pork that is scratched on a cast iron with butter, garlic and herbs. My memory says we shot all night and went through hundreds of pizzas and pork chops to get those two shots. Definitely not the case, but perhaps imminent.
Rom was gentle, kind, quick-witted, and sharp-tongued. He always made jokes and shared beautiful images. We have lost a very good soul. –Rebecca Jurkevich, food stylist
We always enjoyed working and he joked calling me Lady A. He would drive me crazy by styling Christmas cakes and arranging them, so I would leave it to him and let the stylist come out. his inner food! But we had a lot of fun with the cheeses and manipulated them together – I think we worked on a nice cheese story Enjoy your meal. And one in Parmesan soup too.
He worked at Condé Nast for 20 years and his job was his life. He wanted to work to the end. I think, especially during COVID, work was a way for all of us to feel more normal. He made some beautiful images and was always passionate about his work. And he was an inspiration to many young photographers. –Alison Attenborough, food stylist
Romulo was an excellent collaborator. He thought of every element in a photograph and all the while would like us to spin in the hallways with his very wicked humor. His trademark was using a roll of Bounty paper towels to bounce the light; indeed, he had some trick up his sleeve using Bounty. Bounty was his muse. –Maggie Ruggiero, food stylist
He was generous and helpful to me, even though we did not work together so often. But it felt like we had always known each other in our working lives. –Susie Theodorou, food stylist
He was wonderful, kind and very loving. A strong and talented pillar in Gourmet for so many years. I consider myself very lucky to have known and worked with him. Shocking burst that someone so dear had to deal with so quickly. –Erika Oliveira, art director, Gourmet