Owner of Provecho Grill & Xicana
Hola Amigos! I’m Chef Rosie, award winning chef and restaurateur. I was born in San Francisco and was raised in most of the barrios like La Brea, Cudahy, Huntington park in Southern California. My heritage is from El Salvador, Peru, Japan, and my heart is Mexican with Spanish roots. I’m a Latin fusion at its best! I feel my cultural diversity feeds my curiosity when I’m traveling and indulging in other countries.
Residing in the heart of Temecula Wine Country with my life partner Kris and my son Peter, I have planted roots in the valley. I write for a couple of newspapers and I wanted to share my stories, recipes, and travels with my readers on this blog. My column started as Dear Rosie pieces and later developed into stories from my childhood and travels to different regions. My recipes have a story to tell because they are influenced by Lebanese, Chinese, Spanish and so many others that settled in Mexico.
I opened my award-winning restaurant Provecho Grill in 2012 and plan to open Xicana in 2017. My posts will cover topics such as travel, food, recipes, and cultural differences. However, some of my posts will cover tips of running a successful restaurant. It’s a tough business and you must be crazy to open one since 9 out 10 restaurants close in the first two years. Coming from a long line of restauranteurs, it’s in my blood and I love the business.
My crazy competitive edge landed me in the So Cal Chef’s Open in 2015. This spectacular event features chefs from the most prominent local wineries, casinos and restaurants who come together to compete in creating their most delicious masterpiece. For the first time in SoCal Chef Open history, one chef was decorated with both awards. The judging chefs and over 600 in attendance honored me with the Pinnacle Award and People’s Choice Award.
Chef Rosie on Farmer’s Market Flip
In 2017, I appeared in the first season of Farmer’s Market Flip as The Spicy Latinas along with Xiomara Hall on the Cooking Channel. Winning on the show inspired me to create this blog. I look forward to competing on other shows like the Food Network in the future.
I’m an active supporter of the Menifee Valley Boys and Girls Club. I was a single mother for most of my son’s life and programs such as BGC helped me raise a good man.
I’m a huge believer of paying it forward. We are never too busy to help. Feed the food bank, never go hungry. Support a child, raise a good human being. Lend a hand, good Karma. A couple of years ago President Barack Obama recognized and awarded me with the Volunteer Service Award.
I hope that my blog inspires you and motivates you to eat and travel a little more in your life. Live your life one taco a time. I’m very grateful to share my stories and adventures with you. Provecho!
About Chef Rosie (abbreviated bio)
Rosie O’Connor is the chef owner of Provecho Grill in Menifee and Xicana (coming soon). She is a Food Writer for Menifee Buzz and Valley News. She is also the winner of Farmer’s Market Flip, Season One, Episode One.