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FLOYD CARDOZ Executive Chef

1. Biography
2. Photographs of Tabla - exterior and interior
3. Some restaurant reviews
4. Links to some of Floyd Cardoz’s recipes – video clips and text
5. Accolades


Floyd Cardoz is the Executive Chef of Tabla ( a groundbreaking New York restaurant serving New Indian cuisine cooked with the sensual flavours and spices of his native Goa. Floyd opened Tabla in 1998 with famed restaurateur Danny Meyer and chef Michael Romano of Union Square Cafe. For years this Goan had searched for an original way to showcase the aromatic flavours of his homeland. Now, at the helm of Tabla, Floyd seasons Western culinary traditions with Indian spices and soul in the restaurant’s main dining room, and also cooks home-style Indian cuisine in the restaurant’s Bread Bar.

Floyd’s preparation for Tabla has been extensive and intense. After graduating in Science at Mumbai's St. Xavier's College, he was determined to become an accomplished chef and this is perhaps best exemplified by the 1984 summer internship he did during culinary school in Bombay. The moment he entered the kitchen of the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel, he was handed a 100 kilo bag of onions to peel. Despite the daunting introduction to food service, Floyd remained a loyal apprentice to the famed hotel throughout school. Working six days a week from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. (at 150 rupees, or $3.00, a month), Floyd became adept in all areas of the kitchen.

To broaden his familiarity with classic culinary technique, Floyd moved to Switzerland. His days were spent at Les Roches, a Hotel Management Culinary School in Bluche where he received his diploma in Hotel Restaurant Management and Administration. His evenings were continuously filled with cooking engagements in Italian, French and Indian establishments.

Ironically, it was his European training that instilled in Floyd a desire to begin experimenting with traditional Indian cuisines. The young visionary wanted to take European and American foods to new heights by enhancing these popular cuisines with Indian spices. Floyd returned to India, excited to unfold his plans, but found Indian restaurants resistant to many forward-thinking ideas. So Floyd moved to New York, where adventures in gastronomic matters were more celebrated.

After cooking for three years in America’s food hub, Floyd met a chef who shared his passion for infusing top-notch ingredients with exotic flavours. Gray Kunz, chef of New York’s venerable Lespinasse and the man Floyd credits as his mentor, welcomed the newcomer’s ideas. Kunz embraced the use of Indian spices in his own kitchen, where he had already pioneered a taste for Asian-influenced French foods. Floyd rose from Chef de Partie to Executive Sous Chef during his five years at the world-famous restaurant. “When I arrived at Lespinasse, there were only four Indian spices in the cabinet,” he recalls. “When I left, we had incorporated over twenty-five.”

As Floyd explains, mastering Indian flavours is no small feat. There are literally hundreds of derivatives of Indian cuisine, due to the many states, religions and cultures that make up the Indian sub-continent. At Tabla, Floyd has the opportunity to cook the many cuisines found in the various regions throughout India.

With Floyd at the helm, Tabla has received many accolades from the media including The New York Times – Three stars, Bon Appetit “Our Favorite Places: Asian,” Gourmet – “Personal Favorite” and Reader’s Choice, Best Newcomer (NY), Time Out New York – Best Indian (1999-2002), Forbes Magazine (Three stars), and New York Daily News – Four stars. In addition, Bon Appetit named Floyd as one of “The Innovators” in its 2003 Annual Restaurant Edition.

Floyd uses much of his free time exploring new dishes from India. But when he’s not experimenting, he can be found spending time with his wife, Barkha, and two sons, Peter and Justin. Floyd traces his Goan roots to Margao

For further biographical and background information check out two interviews:

1. SpiceLines: A Conversation with Floyd Cardoz.

2. News India-Times. Feb. 08, 2002. At Tabla, executive chef Floyd Cardoz promises a taste of India By ZARINE NANDAN,

More photographs can be found at:

Some restaurant reviews:

New Indian Cooking In America, at Tabla and beyond. Jun 08, 2004.

The Best Restaurants: Tabla. click here

Floyd Cardoz. James Beard Org.

New York Post. I Have Tabla Reservations. (Restaurant Review). Tabla. (Restaurant Review).

New York Metro. Bread Bar. Restaurant Review.

10 Jul 2000. New York Magazine.

QUOTES – What some others have said:

Floyd Cardoz fuses Indian flavors and French technique in exquisite dishes…

…wondrous cross cultural kitchen manned by Floyd Cardoz

QUOTES– What Floyd says:

Almost everything I do draws on the Goan tradition

Video based recipes

Video: 04:56. Seared Snapper with Maple Tamarind Glaze.

Video: 06:50. Seared Hudson Valley Duck with Orange, Date & Raisin Chutney.

Video: 04:44. Rice Flaked Black Sea Bass with Lime-Jaggery Gastrique.

Text based recipes

Some Accolades
2005 Zagat Survey – Best Indian Restaurant in New York City
2004 USA Today – Goan Crab Cakes listed in “Top 20 dishes and their Restaurants in the World”
2002, ‘01, ‘00, ‘99 Time Out New York – Best Indian
2003 Forbes Magazine – Three Stars
2003 – Best Indian
2003 Wine Spectation – Award of Excellence
2003 New York Magazine – Top 10 Onion Rings
2003 New York Magazine – Best 100 Restaurants
2003 Gourmet magazine – Personal Favorite (NY)
2001 Forbes Magazine – Three stars
2000 Bon Appetit magazine – Our Favorite Places: Asian
1999 Gourmet magazine – Reader’s Choice, Best Newcomer (NY)
1999 The New York Times – Three stars
1999 New York Daily News – Four stars

For the Tabla website go to

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