- World-renowned chef Floyd Cardoz died at the age of 59 after testing positive for coronavirus
- Cardoz tested positive for Covid-19 on March 18 and was being treated at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey
- He was the executive chef at Tabla, the pioneering modern Indian restaurant he opened with Danny Meyer in 1998
- He later helmed Meyer's North End Grill, while he competed and won on Bravo's third season of Top Chef Masters
- Cardoz had restaurants in Mumbai and authored two cookbooks
Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed on Top Chef and won Top Chef Masters and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York has died of complications from the coronavirus.
The 59-year-old died on Wednesday after travelling from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany.
He was admitted a week ago to Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey, with a fever and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19.
"It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz," a statement from Hunger Inc. Hospitality, where Cardoz was the culinary director read.
The committed advocate of making the food industry more sustainable began his hospitality training in his native Bombay.
He later moved to Switzerland, where he honed his skills in French, Italian and Indian cuisine before moving on to the kitchens of New York City.
"I wanted to be a biochemist. Then I read Hotel by Arthur Hailey. It was fun, because I loved food growing up. I started cooking and realized I was really good at it," he told CBS in 2017.
He was a partner in Bombay Sweet Shop, O Pedro and The Bombay Canteen in India at the time of his death.
He was the executive chef at Tabla, the pioneering modern Indian restaurant he opened with Danny Meyer in 1998, earning him multiple accolades and critical acclaim.
He later helmed Meyer's North End Grill, while he competed and won on Bravo's third season of Top Chef Masters.
The chef authored two cookbooks: One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors (2006) and Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love.
Cardoz's death was mourned by famous friends in both the restaurant and television industries.
The Twitter account for Top Chef offered condolences and called Cardoz an “inspiration to chefs around the world.”
Cardoz is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter.
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