Noted Indian-origin chef Floyd Cardoz died at a hospital in the US on Wednesday after he had tested positive for coronavirus. He was 59.
“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Co-Founder, Hunger Inc. Hospitality, on 25 March, in New Jersey, USA. He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter. Floyd tested positive for Covid 19, in USA, on 18 March and was being treated for the same at Mountainside Medical Centre, New Jersey, USA,” Hunger Inc. Hospitality, co-founded by Floyd, was quoted as saying in a statement.
Floyd Cardoz took to Instagram on March 18 about his hospitalization. “I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York,” wrote the chef.
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Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York. I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters. I returned to New York on March 8th via Frankfurt
“Floyd made us all so proud,” wrote “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi on Instagram.
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I am beyond saddened to wake up today and hear the news of my dear friend @floydcardoz’s passing. Floyd made us all so proud. Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere. My heart goes out to his wife Barkha and their whole family. RIP.
Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli mourned the death of Cardoz, saying that he was “A true gentleman in every sense.”
Devastating news about Chef Floyd Cardoz. I can’t process it. A true gentleman in every sense and a great credit to the chef community. He will be sorely missed. #rip— alex guarnaschelli (@guarnaschelli) March 25, 2020
A food writer for the New York Times and Bon Appetit, Priya Krishna said Cardoz “did so much to advance the cause of Indian food and Indian people in America.”
Floyd did so much to advance the cause of Indian food and Indian people in America. He was generous, funny, and warm, and I’ve always wished I could turn back time and eat at Tabla. Sending love to his family. https://t.co/nLMm9ALwmW— Priya Krishna (@PKgourmet) March 25, 2020
Chef Kunal Kapur also mourned the death of Floyd Cardoz.
It is sad to share that chef floyd Cardozo @floydcardoz is no more. He has been an inspiration to many and I was hoping to cook with him some day.Falling to #covid19 just goes to show that this threat is very real so everyone please take care of yourselves. RIP cheffie. #corona pic.twitter.com/f4eQeMw4E4— Kunal Kapur (@ChefKunalKapur) March 25, 2020
Born in India, Cardoz was a contestant on “Top Chef Masters” in 2011. He won the top prize that season.