“When you do something good for people you don’t do good because you want something good to come out of it: you do it for the goodness of your heart and soul, what your parents teach you to do. I believe that if everybody does their part this would be a better place to live in.”
It’s not often that a chef moves me to tears in an interview, let alone twice.
Yet Chef Cardoz did just that.
Our chat together inspired many such moments, where his balanced belief system gave me confidence that kitchens aren’t always about ego, celebrity doesn’t always mean drama, and good food can be created by happy hands.
I could go on about how special this interview was, and how much I look forward to heading down to North End Grill again for a long lunch. Or how much I hope that Chef Cardoz and I do get to share a Portuguese meal together in Jersey (he’s from Goa, a Portuguese part of India where my Indian godfather is from which is how he met my Portuguese family). Or how the world, this city and my profession do seem friendlier knowing that such chefs are out there.
Head over to Serious Eats NY to read the full interview.
Stay dry and warm,
Oh, and if you missed it earlier today, check out my new “Private Chef-ing By the Book” post with Seamus Mullen’s HERO FOOD. I also interviewed Chef Mullen for this Serious Eats series!
- Carrot Soup with Tarragon, Ginger and Toasted Pepitas – Private Chef-ing By the Book with Seamus Mullen (thedustybaker.com)
- I Chat With: Chef Jim Botsacos of Molyvos and Abboccato (thedustybaker.com)