Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Chef Floyd Cardoz, who contracted COVID-19, dies at age 59

Chef Floyd Cardoz, who contracted COVID-19, dies at age 59

He was 59. After the news of his death, several Bollywood stars mourned the Indian-born chef, who was the owner of two popular Mumbai-based restaurants - Bombay Canteen and O Pedro.

"Bravo and the 'Top Chef" family are deeply saddened by the passing of Chef Floyd Cardoz", A Bravo spokesperson said in a statement. She wrote, "Floyd made us all so proud".

Cardoz - who appeared on Season 2 of David Chang's "Ugly Delicious" - died from complications of the virus at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center in Glen Ridge. Floyd had recently been traveling from Mumbai to Frankfurt and back to New York City.

Top Chef Masters victor chef Floyd Cardoz was first admitted to hospital with a fever last Wednesday after telling fans it was simply a "precautionary measure".

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Actor Sophie Choudry finds Floyd's Demise as a "huge loss to the culinary world". He is survived by mother Beryl in Mumbai, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter.

The Twitter account for "Top Chef" offered condolences and called Cardoz an "inspiration to chefs around the world". The Top Chef Masters winner's passing comes just a week later. Floyd was a talented chef who competed and won Top Chef Masters. Cardoz mentions in his post that he was feeling feverish and hence got himself hospitalized in a hospital in New Jersey. Sometime after returning to NY via Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8, he began to feel unwell. "I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post". The restaurant industry in India needs more of this, especially at a time when it is severely suffering financially. He served as chef and partner at Tabla, a contemporary Indian restaurant, which garnered rave critical reviews and shuttered in 2010. At Tabla, they celebrated Cardoz's new Indian cuisine that melded the sensual flavors and spices of his homeland with Western techniques.

Gurbaxish Kohli, the vice-president of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India and president of Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India, said Cardoz was a good chef and the fraternity will miss him.

Cardoz grew up in Bandra and attended culinary school in Mumbai.

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