When Fidel Cardozo joined Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano in 1985 as an apprentice cook, it was his very first job. He worked extremely hard to earn the respect of his co-workers, and in 1990 he was promoted to head chef. He is fully in charge of the kitchen staff and all the day-do-day operations – from organizing daily food purchases, maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen, managing the inventories, and creating delicious daily specials. His favorite part of the job is training new people in the kitchen, and he recently enhanced his culinary skills by attending the Art Institute of Houston. Fidel was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, into a family of five brothers and two sisters. His favorite hobby is sports – especially soccer. Thanks in part to his efforts; Carmelo’s Ristorante won the “Best of Beef” Challenge contest conducted by the Texas Beef Council benefiting the Capitol Area Food Bank of Texas. Carmelo’s won the contest with Filetto Fidel, a beef filet accompanied by roasted vegetables and béarnaise sauce.