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Chef Floyd Cardoz Wins Top Chef Masters and 100,000 Dollars on Behalf of Mount Sinai

Chef Cardoz won Top Chef Master’s grand prize of $100,000 on behalf of The Tisch Cancer Institute’s Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund at Mount Sinai.

  • New York, NY
  • (June 16, 2011)

Chef Floyd Cardoz, competing against 11 other award-winning chefs on the third season of Bravo’s hit show "Top Chef," has been awarded the title of Top Chef Master and the grand prize of $100,000 on behalf of The Tisch Cancer Institute’s Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Chef Cardoz also won $10,000 earlier in the season.

"Winning Top Chef Masters for the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund is very gratifying to me," said Chef Cardoz, former Executive Chef/Partner of Tabla and soon-to-be Executive Chef/Partner of a new Danny Meyer restaurant. "I’ve seen the passion this fund ignites in young researchers and it’s an honor for me to be able to support a program that inspires the next generation of scientists to develop new approaches to cancer research."

The Tisch Cancer Institute’s Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund was created to foster the development of young scientists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine who are pioneers in cancer research. The goal of this award is to support promising young, motivated students as they pursue innovative cancer research with the hope of translating these findings to patient care.

"We’re thrilled about Chef Cardoz’s accomplishments and his support of the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund," said Steven J. Burakoff, MD, Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute. "His generous donation greatly supports our mission to aid exceptional young scientists in developing new approaches to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer."

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, credit their own growth as researchers to the mentorship and support they received as young scientists at Mount Sinai.

"We are deeply proud and grateful to be a part of the incredible vision and passion that Chef Floyd Cardoz brings to food and to mentorship. His support for the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund will be invaluable to the mission and vision of Tisch Cancer Institute," said Dr. Narla.

"Having the opportunity to have trained and now being a member of the faculty here we realize more than ever how special the bond is between the members of the Mount Sinai community. To be a part of Floyd’s community and to bring him into our family has been an incredibly uplifting and memorable experience for us," said Dr. DiFeo.

To find out more about the Young Scientist Cancer Research Fund and to support its mission, go to http://www.mssm.edu/research/labs/yscrf.

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