Chef Floyd Cardoz dies of COVID-19 in New York City

Carla Harmon
March 25, 2020

Cardoz later attended opening of The Bombay Sweet Shop.

Noted chef and entrepreneur Floyd Cardoz passed away on Wednesday, 25 March, at a hospital in NY; he had been diagnosed as positive for Covid-19 after complaining of a fever. "Hospitality, on March 25, 2020 in New Jersey, USA", it said.

"It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Co-Founder, Hunger Inc. He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter", the spokesperson said.

"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,, 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. The news was confirmed by a tweet by journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, who wrote, "Tragic news. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in NY", he wrote, adding he "was hugely anxious about my state of health".

NY after attending culinary school in Switzerland.

The Mumbai-raised chef had been in Mumbai until March 8. He served as chef and partner at Tabla, a contemporary Indian restaurant, which garnered rave critical reviews and shuttered in 2010. He shot to fame when he won the top honour of the television reality show, Top Chef Masters Season 3 with an upma dish with a twist.

Cardoz posted an update on his Instagram page Wednesday when he was first admitted to the hospital with a fever, saying he sought medical help as a precautionary measure. His mark on the restaurant industry in both NY and Bombay was remarkable and it's unimaginable to think he is no more because of this dreaded virus. He was the co-owner of a chain of restaurants with names Bombay Canteen. Soho's Paowalla, which was later transformed into Bombay Bread Bar, closed previous year.

Cardoz has been nominated for multiple James Beard awards and has written at least two cookbooks, Flavourwalla and One Spice Two Spice.

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