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Chef Hugo Cardona

May 29, 2020 02:29PM ● By Tara Spencer

Hugo Sanchez Cardona
Chef
Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails, The Salty Dog Bar & Grill, Caddy’s Parkside Grill, and Big Kel’s Pizza & Wings

Hugo Sanchez Cardona is a man of many talents and many jobs. The 34-year-old chef works at Caddy’s Kitchen & Cocktails, The Salty Dog Bar & Grill, Caddy’s Parkside Grill, and Big Kel’s Pizza & Wings. 

He credits both his present employer and a former one with teaching him and allowing him the opportunities to grow. 

“I wasn’t sure where to start, nor did I have the opportunities until I met people along the way that opened the right doors for me,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity that chef Deke Reichardt gave me…He took the time to teach me many things and I learned a lot from him. Along the way I also met Brian and Jayme Cadwallader. They believed in me and gave me the opportunity to work for them at their restaurants.” 

Cardona said the coronavirus has affected him deeply, and in several ways.

“I live in fear of my loved ones getting sick or myself,” he said. “Social distancing is also hard for me because having contact with the customers is important. I like to know their thoughts on the food I make. 

“I have a passion for cooking, and I have an amazing team and my favorite thing about my job is…seeing people leave with the satisfaction on their faces,” Cardona said. 

This article was printed in the June 2020 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.