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Chef Floyd Cardoz dies of COVID-19 in New York City

First-Indian-Corona-Death-Reported-in-the-US Top Chef Masters Winner Floyd Cardoz Passes Away After Testing Positive for Coronavirus
Adrian Cunningham | 25 March, 2020, 20:23

"Bravo and the Top Chef family are deeply saddened by the passing of Chef Floyd Cardoz". Cardoz had been in Mumbai, where he was born, till March 8 and had informed on social media on March 18 that he had admitted himself to hospital in NY, where he lived, as he felt feverish.

Cardoz is survived by his mother Beryl, his wife and business partner, Barkha, whom he met at hospitality school in India, and their two sons, Peter, 27, and Justin, 22. He was diagnosed COVID-19 positive after the chef observed certain symptoms of the virus and was admitted to a hospital in NY.

On 18 March, Cardoz had put up an Instagram post stating that he returned to NY from Mumbai on 8 March and since he was "feeling feverish", as a precautionary measure, had made a decision to admit himself into a hospital in NY. "I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters", he wrote.

After the restaurant closed in 2010, he was involved in three NY start-ups, North End Grill, White Street and Paowalla.

"As a precautionary measure, we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai about the same".

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Cardoz was known in India for being the culinary director of Mumbai's Bombay Canteen. "This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for the Indians everywhere". Cardoz also ran the hugely popular Bombay Bread Bar - originally called Paowalla, a throwback to his origins in Mumbai's Goan Catholic community - from 2016 to September previous year.

In 1997, Cardoz opened esteemed Indian restaurant Tabla with Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group. He had recently launched his third venture, the Bombay Sweet Shop.

The Mumbai-raised chef had been in Mumbai until March 8. His passion for food and cooking brought him to this level after he chose to study at a culinary school in India and in Switzerland. During the course of his career, which took him to the kitchens behind Manhattan's elite fine dining scene, he was celebrated for bringing a new style of Indian cuisine to the city.

Corrections and clarifications: This article has been edited to reflect that fact that Cardoz died in New Jersey, not NY. In 2011, he won the Top Chef Masters Season 3 reality show challenge, creatinga variation of upma.