Chef Floyd Cardoz to Compete on Top Chef Masters on Behalf of Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Chef Floyd Cardoz will compete on "Top Chef Masters" for the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund at Mount Sinai.

 – April 6, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

Chef Floyd Cardoz will fight for cancer research and for the title of Top Chef Master when he joins 11 other award-winning chefs on Bravo's third season of "Top Chef Masters," premiering tonight at 11 pm. The competition promises to be fierce and Chef Cardoz's culinary skills are put to the test as he competes for the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

"When my high school-aged son, Peter, spent time working in Mount Sinai research labs, it ignited a passion in him that I hadn't previously seen. It opened his mind to a lot of exciting possibilities for a career in cancer research," said Chef Cardoz, former Executive Chef/Partner of Tabla and soon-to-be Executive Chef/Partner of a new Danny Meyer restaurant. "And as someone who's seen family members fight cancer, I'm proud to support a program that sparks that same desire in other young scientists."

The Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund at Mount Sinai School of Medicine fosters the development of young trainees interested in doing translational cancer research. The fund is dedicated to supporting individuals working on identifying new approaches to treat cancer and enables young, motivated, and bright students – from high school to post graduates – to pursue innovative cancer research with the hope of translating these findings to the clinic.

Co-Directors of the fund, Goutham Narla, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences, and Analisa DiFeo, PhD, Instructor in Genetics and Genomic Sciences, both credit their growth as researchers to the mentorship and support they received as young scientists at Mount Sinai.

"To be able to give that same kind of support to the next generation of cancer researchers is extremely gratifying and Chef Cardoz is helping us with that mission," said Dr. Narla and Dr. DiFeo. "We can't wait to see how he does!"

Will Chef Cardoz pack his knives and go or pack up the $100,000 grand prize for the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund? Check out tonight's 11 o'clock premiere and then tune in Wednesdays at 10 pm to cheer him on! To find out more about the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund and to support its mission, go to www.mountsinai.org/youngscientist, www.facebook.com/YSCRF, or follow us on Twitter at @yscrf.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation's oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation's best hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

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