Floyd Cardoz Entertains with Skate at The Daily Meal (Slideshow)

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The 'Top Chef Masters' winner holds a cooking demonstration in The Daily Meal's test kitchen
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Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz, sharing a laugh with guest Alexandra Rose.

Top Chef Masters Joke Around, Too

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Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz, sharing a laugh with guest Alexandra Rose.

Waiting for the Show to Begin

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Editorial director Colman Andrews, left, and chef Brian Johnson enjoy a cocktail as they wait for guests to file in.

North End Grill Scotch Bonnet

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A delicious and refreshing way to kick off the evening, the drink contained Scotch, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, lavender honey, ice, and a lavender sprig for garnish.

Posing with the Chef

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Chef Cardoz (left) with Jackie Stone, senior vice president of marketing at The Daily Meal, and Kevin Richer, general manager of The North End Grill.

Oven Prep in The Daily Meal Kitchen

Chef Cardoz prepping the oven just right for the banana leaf-wrapped skate.

Spicing Up the Appetizers

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Spiced fried chickpeas.

Tonight's Specials Include

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The Daily Meal board with chef Cardoz's menu for the night.

Enjoying the Event

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JP Kyrillos, president of The Daily Meal, and Nancy Mendelson of NEM Global LLC.

Guests Enjoying Their First Daily Meal Test Kitchen Experience

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Ryan Particelli (left) of The Daily Meal with (from left to right) guest Alexandra Rose, and Tricia Zhong and Zavier Catoe of R/GA.

Posing with the Chef

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From left to right, Adam Klareich, Crystal Bert, and Shari Mills of OMD with chef Cardoz.

Guests Enjoying the Event

Chena Dedarian of Bank of America with Alan Watts of Men Who Dine.

Posing with the Chef

Drew McGowan of The Clorox Company (left) with JP Kyrillos and chef Cardoz.

The Daily Meal's CEO Jim Spanfeller, Colman Andrews, and Chef Cardoz

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Editorial director Colman Andrews (center) introduces the chef and reminisces about Cardoz's first restaurant in New York City, Tabla.

Floyd Cardoz and JP Kyrillos

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President of The Daily Meal, JP Kyrillos (right), praises Cardoz for his work.

Simmering and Sizzling

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Black pepper shrimp being prepared and seasoned during the chef's demonstration.

Beautiful Arrangement

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Kevin Richer, general manager of North End Grill, preparing the black pepper shrimp and watermelon dish for guests to taste.

Sharing Is Caring

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Instagramming chef Cardoz's unique seafood dish, filters and all. 

Mouthwatering Perfection

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A spicy and refreshing sweet-savory combination of black pepper shrimp with watermelon.

Not Your Typical Salad

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Chef Cardoz's speciality heirloom cucumber and radishes with Chobani yogurt salad.

Watch and Learn

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Chef Cardoz explains the process of cooking the skate as guests look onward, eager to taste it.

Wrap It Up

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Chef Cardoz wraps skate in a banana leaf, which he described as giving the fish "an incredible and different smoky flavor."

And Now We Wait

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Skate wrapped in banana leaf is placed in the KitchenAid oven for the final cooking step.

The Final Product

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Chef Cardoz's banana leaf-wrapped skate ready to eat. 

Posing with the Chef

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From left to right, Sunny Kho, Alexandra Rose, chef Cardoz, Tricia Zhong, and Zavier Catoe of McCormicks.

Guests Enjoying the Event

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From left to right, Geoff Judge of iNovia Capital, Jim Spanfeller of The Daily Meal, and Keri Ingvarsson of The King Collective and guest.

Posing with the Chef

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From left to right, guests Jessica Alter and Stephanie Grabbe of Sharp Communications with chef Cardoz. 

Enjoying the Event

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Russell Pulkys of The Daily Meal and Kaitlynn Mannino of GroupM. 

Posing with the Chef

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Chef Cardoz with executive editor Arthur Bovino.