Rising Star Restaurateur Jamila Ross of Rosie's Miami - Biography

Miami, FL

February 2021

Jamila Ross grew up in Yonkers, N.Y. and always had a fascination with restaurants. (Her 13th birthday gift was dinner at the CIA.) After working at a bagel shop, Ross scored a line cook job within garde manger at Xavier’s on the Hudson, X20. Although she was 15, she ended up staying for three summers. She graduated from both the CIA and Johnson & Wales in Florida, where she met her future fiancé and business partner, Chef Akino West.

Ross found an externship at The Bazaar by José Andrés LA and transitioned to front-of-house. She was promoted to restaurant supervisor in 2010, and from there, she took manager jobs at M.H. Alshaya Co. and The Community Table in Kuwait. She moved to Miami in 2015 for The Langham Hotel and reconnected with West—they’re getting married in May. They opened The Copper Door B&B in 2018 with a company mission to promote cultural tourism in under-developed areas. COVID-19 led to the addition of Rosie’s Miami restaurant, where West is executive chef. Their business is devoted to lifting up the Overtown neighborhood by hiring locals, partnering with nonprofits, and hosting free events for the community.