Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Chef Floyd Cardoz dies of coronavirus; Rishi Kapoor pens a heartfelt note

Chef Floyd Cardoz dies of coronavirus; Rishi Kapoor pens a heartfelt note

Indian-born global chef Floyd Cardoz passed away in the USA, according to AVS TV. "He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter", the spokesperson said. He was diagnosed COVID-19 positive after the chef observed certain symptoms of the virus and was admitted to a hospital in NY. In an Instagram post on March 18, he said that had admitted himself to hospital in New Jersey, where he lived, since he was feeling feverish. "I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters", he wrote. The chef had traveled to Mumbai before he returned to NY through Frankfurt airport on March 8.

He was tested positive for Coronavirus after he reached New Jersey, where he has passed away recently.

"As a precautionary measure, we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai about the same".

The "Top Chef Masters" star's death was confirmed to Indian media outlet, Scroll.in, with members of his family saying Floyd died Wednesday at a facility in New Jersey - where he'd been getting treated upon returning from an worldwide trip to Mumbai earlier this month. Cardoz, 59, died of COVID-19 infection in a hospital in NY, the sources said.

Cardoz was known in India for being the culinary director of Mumbai's Bombay Canteen. Food writer Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi who has known him for a decade said, "Chef Floyd elevated the way we looked at Indian food, both here and overseas".

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A chef by profession, he was born in Mumbai and graduated as a biochemist. Cardoz later attended opening of The Bombay Sweet Shop.

Food writer, Aatish Nath said, "Chef Floyd Cardoz always had wry smile on his face and was quick with suggestions when it came to what to eat, at both O Pedro and Bombay Canteen".

Cardoz also competed on Top Chef Masters season three in 2011, taking home the top prize.

"Devastating news about Chef Floyd Cardoz", wrote fellow New York City chef and Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli. He was seen as an ambassador for Indian food, which again brought him back to India on the most recent season of chef David Chang's Netflix show, Ugly Delicious. Eater New York also reported the news.

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