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Tampa chefs to appear on Food Network series ‘Beat Bobby Flay’

Here’s when, and where, to tune in.
Chefs Ricardo Castro, left, and Rosana Rivera in Kitchen Stadium for their episode of "Beat Bobby Flay." [STEPHEN DAVIS PHILLIPS | Food Network]
Published Oct. 23
Updated Oct. 23

UPDATE: Food Network announced Wednesday afternoon that this episode has been postponed. Rivera and Castro are still having their party Thursday night. We will share a new air date when we learn it.

Locals can watch Tampa chef Rosana Rivera and her cheffy partner Ricardo Castro face off on celebrity chef Bobby Flay’s cooking show Beat Bobby Flay. All you have to do is tune in to the Food Network from your couch or the Hall on Franklin this week.

In the episode titled “It Must’ve Been Love,” Castro and Rivera will battle each other, then the winner — as chosen by judges Akhtar Nawab, Ivy Stark and Matt FX — will move on to throw down with Flay.

The couple plan to catch the show with friends during a watch party at the Hall, which houses their Mexican street food spot Xilo, starting at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The party is open to the public, and the episode airs at 10 p.m.

RELATED: Piquant owners close Hyde Park site but plan to keep baking those French pastries

Rivera and Castro, who announced their Food Network debut on Facebook Live earlier this month, opened their late French-inspired bakery and restaurant Piquant in 2012 at Hyde Park Village. Petit Piquant followed in West Tampa in 2017 but has since closed.

The couple’s most recent culinary project, Xilo, joined Tampa Heights foodporium the Hall on Franklin last year.

IF YOU GO

Beat Bobby Flay Watch Party

8:30-11 p.m. Thursday. Xilo at the Hall on Franklin, 1701 N Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 444-3708. xilomexican.com.

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