Chef Akino West

Rosie’s, Miami (he / him / his)

Chef Akino J. West Chef Akino grew up and began his culinary career in his hometown, Riviera Beach, Florida. His first entrepreneurial venture, The Copper Door B&B, is where he combined Miami history, food, art, and lodging into a 22-room bed and breakfast concept alongside his wife-partner. In 2020, West developed an all-day brunch concept called Rosie’s, co-founded with his wife Jamila. The restaurant is a story of perseverance and family. The Wests’ menu pays homage to soul food – a love note to the home-style cooking Akino grew up eating and preparing with his mother. Akino has established exceptional brand recognition and national publication features. He continues to win local and national awards for design approach, culinary excellence, hospitality and concept creation. Chef Akino’s accolades include the 2021 Star Chefs Award and Community Award, and in 2023 Akino was a James Beard Foundation Emerging Chef Semi-Finalist. Rosie’s received Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand in 2023 and 2024. 


Johnson & Wales University (Miami)


His Mother’s home and food in Riviera Beach, FL


Michael’s Genuine Food And Drink, Ghee Indian Kitchen, The Copper Door B&B (Miami), Noma (Copenhagen)

Rosie’s (Miami)
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