Cardoz Aces Budget Meal Challenge


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Chef Floyd Cardoz
Chef Floyd Cardoz

When Floyd Cardoz’ cooked on Top Chef Masters, there were a lot of high-end ingredients that would be budget busters for ordinary home cooks. But Cardoz showed just how much he understands the world the rest of us inhabit on CBS’ “Early Show” the past Saturday. The show has a new feature called “Chef on a Shoestring,” which calls on restaurant pros to make a three-course dinner for four for just $40.

The first two challengers were Marco Canora of Hearth and Christopher Cipollone of Tenpenny at The Gotham Hotel, who spent $36.33 and $36.42 respectively. But Cardoz, who will open North End Grill in Battery Park this fall, blew them both away with a meal for just $33.54:

  • Heirloom Tomato Salad
  • Chicken Thighs with Vegetables
  • Tapioca Pudding

The recipes are here, the video on how to do it all is below.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected].


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