A California native, Chef Sergio Emilio Monleón, was raised in a Spanish household and always loved the culture and cuisine of his family’s birthplace. After being formally trained in the Bay Area, eight unforgettable years in Madrid changed everything for Chef Monleón. Experiencing the beauty of home-cooked paella and the excitement of the traditional tapas stroll, he discovered his life’s passion—creating community through food. Outside the kitchen, he can be found deejaying, watching Spanish fútbol or making paella at Lake Merritt.
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