‘Top Chef Masters’ Winner Floyd Cardoz Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 59

Carla Harmon
March 26, 2020

The "Top Chef" community is in mourning after renowned restaurateur and "Top Chef Masters" victor Floyd Cardoz died at the age of 59 from coronavirus complications.

Cardoz died from complications from coronavirus at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey on Wednesday, March 25, PEOPLE confirmed with the late chef's Hunger Inc. hospitality group.

An outpouring of love for Cardoz flooded social media on Wednesday after his close friends and fellow celebrity chefs learned of his passing. After studying in Switzerland, Cardoz moved to NY. But he soon developed stronger symptoms.

Food magnate David Chang posted about Cardoz's death on Instagram: "Heartbroken over the loss of Floyd Cardoz to COVID-19.

"Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post".

Last week, Cardoz shared with his Instagram followers that he admitted himself to a hospital because he felt "feverish" several days after returning to New York City from Frankfurt, Germany.

The eclectic chef and Season 3 victor of "Top Chef Masters" made his name with the groundbreaking Tabla, opened in 1998, as one of the few Indian fine-dining establishments in the city.

He later opened Pao Walla in New York City's Soho neighbourhood, and followed that up with Bombay Bread Bar, which closed a year ago.

Cardoz was born in Bombay, India, and moved to New York City to work in restaurant kitchens. She wrote, "Floyd made us all so proud. He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room", a Bravo spokesperson said in a statement. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. Floyd is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha and two sons, Peter and Justin.

Chef Cardoz was the co-owner of two successful restaurants in Mumbai - The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro and had earlier this month launched a third venture, the Bombay Sweet Shop with the same team. Tabla was groundbreaking, garnering three stars from the New York Times.

"Good food is not only about how it looks on the plate", he told PEOPLE in 2015 of his passion for the hospitality industry. A Bandra boy from birth, Cardoz studied at St Andrew's High School and graduated from St Xavier's College before enrolling at The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition in Dadar.

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