Tampa chefs from Hall on Franklin will appear on Food Network’s ‘Beat Bobby Flay’ later this month

You can join the watch party on December 26 at Hall on Franklin.

click to enlarge Chef Rosana Rivera and Chef Ricardo Castro of Xilo and Kofe at Hall on Franklin will go head-to-head before taking on Bobby Flay.
Chef Rosana Rivera and Chef Ricardo Castro of Xilo and Kofe at Hall on Franklin will go head-to-head before taking on Bobby Flay.

The "It Must've Been Love" episode of Beat Bobby Flay, featuring Tampa's chefy couple Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro, which was supposed to air on October 24, is set to finally make its way on the small screen Thursday, December 26.

Debuting on the Food Network at 10 p.m., Chefs Rosana Rivera and Ricardo Castro of Xilo and Kofe at Hall on Franklin, and former owners of Piquant in Hyde Park Village, will battle against each other to create a dish highlighting an ingredient of the celebrity Iron Chef's choosing. The winner of that food battle will face celebrity chef Bobby Flay in a classic, high-stress cooking competition with a dish of the competitor's choosing.

The final dish will be judged by a celebrity panel consisting of Akhtar Nawab and Ivy Stark.

The local chef couple will be watching their Food Network debut at their restaurant Xilo at The Hall on Franklin in Tampa Heights on Thursday, December 26, starting at 8:30 p.m. with close friends and family. Which means you can come to and get in on the excitement.

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Kyla Fields is the Managing Editor of Creative Loafing Tampa Bay who started their journey at CL as summer 2019 intern. They are the proud owner of a charming, sausage-shaped, four-year-old rescue mutt named Piña.
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