Xilo and Kofe Tampa // IG. Rosana Rivera has been a successful entrepreneur and Chef in the Tampa Bay area for over 12 years. Chef Rosana is best known as one-half of the successful team behind Piquant, a French-inspired bakery & cafe, which operated from 2006 to 2018. She is a rare breed of both culinary artisan and successful entrepreneur. Born at the hem of three generations of Puerto Rican cooks, their love of food and country made an early impression on her.
Chef Rosana spent five years traveling and crafting her foodie palette as Coin USA’s VP of Sales in Latin America. In 2006 she opened her first business and left the corporate world. While building her business, Rivera furthered her education and obtained her AA Culinary Arts from Art Institute Tampa. Rivera’s MBA in Business Sustainability, Natural & Organic Products soon followed.
Chef Rosana has been featured in Tampa Bay Metro, Creative Loafing, Tampa Bay Times, and Friends of James Beard Foundation, winning several awards and business recognitions. In her spare time, she likes to travel, read, practice yoga, and dream up new culinary business adventures. She is currently focused on Xilo, a street Mexican concept located at The Hall on Franklin in Tampa Heights.