‘Top Chef Masters’ winner Floyd Cardoz dies of coronavirus complications at 59

Floyd Cardoz, a pioneering Indian chef who won Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters”, passed away after testing positive for coronavirus at the age of 59.

The celebrated chef, who recently appeared on the Netflix series “Ugly Delicious”, co-owned two restaurants, The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, in Mumbai, India.

On March 18, Cardoz admitted to a hospital in New York after reportedly feeling a fever. He had recently returned from a trip to Mumbai, where he would open a third restaurant, Bombay Sweet Shop. A chief representative confirmed TODAY that Cardoz died on March 25 after being treated for COVID-19.

In his latest Instagram post, Cardoz shared one photo of herself in the hospital with a note to friends and followers saying that he was sorry to cause an unnecessary alarm about his condition.

“Sorry everyone,” he wrote. “I’m sorry I panicked unnecessarily around my previous post. I felt feverish and therefore took myself to the hospital in New York as a precaution. I was very concerned about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible, panicking caused in several quarters. I returned to New York via Frankfurt on March 8. “

The news of the chef’s passing came as a shock to many in the culinary world. One of Cardoz’s co-founders of The Bombay Canteen, Yash Bhanage, spoke to TODAY Food about the death of his culinary director.

“Chef Floyd Cardoz was much more than just a business partner to us, Sameer, Thomas and I,” he said. “He was our mentor, guide, father figure, all merged into one great person. He kept us grounded and humble in the high moments, and lifted our spirits when we felt in the pit. “

Bhanage continued, “His passing has left a deep void that can never be filled. We will really miss him. “

On Wednesday, famous chefs and those who knew Cardoz spoke out on social media with posts of sympathy and support.

“I can’t believe you’re gone … I just can’t,” David Chang wrote on Cardoz’s latest Instagram post. “World without you just isn’t right”

Chang, who regularly appeared with Cardoz in his “Ugly Delicious” series, also shared a photo of himself with his friend on his own Instagram feed.

“Heartbroken at the loss of Floyd Cardoz to COVID-19,” Chang wrote. “Rest in peace Floyd … we will continue your beautiful legacy. Chang added the hashtags #tablaforever #bombaycanteen and #sonofgoa to his post.

“Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi tweeted a tribute to her fellow Bravo star.

“@floydcardoz made us all so proud,” she wrote. No one who lived in New York in the early years could forget how delicious and full Tabla always was. He had a mischievous smile, an innate need to make the people around him happy, and a wonderful feeling. This is a huge loss … ‘

Lakshmi added a message saying that this was a loss to Indians everywhere, sending her love to the chief’s wife and sons.

Pete Wells, restaurant critic for the New York Times, also shared a message honoring Cardoz.

Hugh Acheson, another “Top Chef” competitor, was also saddened by the news.

Cardoz was a culinary force on the New York restaurant scene. He first impressed with Tabla, which he opened with Danny Meyer and the Union Square Hospitality Group in 1998, bringing Indian cuisine to the gastronomic world with its acclaimed restaurant. He also ran Bombay Bread Bar in New York City. Over the years, he worked with Meyer on various restaurants and culinary projects.

Both restaurants are now closed, but Cardoz has continued his restaurant empire in India at the time of his death.

Cardoz is survived by his mother, Beryl, his wife, Barkha and two sons, Peter, 27, and Justin, 22.

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