Chef Ricardo Cardona is a self-trained chef with over twenty years experience in American, French and Latin cuisines. He began his career working in some of the nation’s leading restaurants. His hands-on, classical training is evident in his work that portrays a fusion of the range of culinary styles. He has been the Executive Chef at several New York metropolitan restaurants: Mamajuana Café, Hudson River Cafe, and Sofrito and Chef at Lua, Josephina, Time Cafe, and Disney Land. In addition, as a lover of baseball, he is proud to have cooked for the New York Yankees and visiting teams.
Through his private catering venture, Cardona Catering, Ricardo can share his fare with families, friends, and businesses that wish to enjoy wonderful food. His cuisine has delighted such luminaries as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, and the New York Knick’s basketball team.
He has also shared his expertise and creative talent on the popular cooking competition show, “Chopped”, and as one of the chefs helping struggling restaurateurs on “Mission Menu” on TLC International/NuVo TV. He also continues to make appearances on numerous prime time shows and channels including Good Morning America, Despierta America!, FOX and WPIX 11.
At Cardona Catering, Chef Cardona personally works with each and every client, from a newly engaged couple planning an intimate reception for their special day to a corporate function with dignitaries and many guests. Lastly, Chef Cardona deeply enjoys seeing people smile the moment they taste his food. It is no surprise that clients continue to return over the years but now as friends.
“I love what I do…there is no greater pleasure than making other people happy.”
– Ricardo Cardona