Indian-American chef Floyd Cardoz, a former winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, died Wednesday after complications from the coronavirus.
Cardoz was 59.
The chef reportedly tested positive for coronavirus on March 18 after admitting himself into a hospital.
While hospitalized, Cardoz wrote in an Instagram post on March 17 that he was feeling feverish and went to the hospital as a precautionary measure. CNN reported that Cardoz recently returned to New York from India, where he was filming the Netflix series, “Ugly Delicious” with actor Aziz Ansari.
An Instagram post by Bombay Canteen confirmed Cardoz’s hospitalization, and said “Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Culinary Director, Hunger, Inc was admitted into hospital in New York with a viral fever. Chef Floyd who was earlier in Mumbai left the city on March 8 for New York via Frankfurt airport. He is being closely monitored for his condition and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Cardoz started his culinary career in Bombay, India, where he grew up. He apprenticed at the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel before moving to Switzerland and studying at Les Roche, a culinary school.
More than 20 years ago, he partnered with Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group to open Tabla, a new Indian restaurant in New York. Cardoz is also known for North End Grill, Pao Walla, and Bombay Bread Bar. In India, he had Bombay Canteen, O Pedro, and Bombay Sweet Shop.
The world-renowned chef authored two books: “One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors” in 2006 and “Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love” in 2016.