Top Chef Masters star Floyd Cardoz has died from the coronavirus at the age of 59, according to reports. The Hunger Inc, the company that runs the restaurants, had confirmed the news last week and had issued a statement that read: "As a precautionary measure we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai about the same".
A chef by profession, he was born in Mumbai and graduated as a biochemist.
Floyd Cardoz attends a dinner for Maiyet ar Fred's in Barneys New York. But he soon developed stronger symptoms.
The eclectic chef and Season 3 victor of "Top Chef Masters" made his name with the groundbreaking Tabla, opened in 1998, as one of the few Indian fine-dining establishments in the city. He served as chef and partner at Tabla, a contemporary Indian restaurant, which garnered rave critical reviews and shuttered in 2010. "Mr Cardoz flew back to NY from Mumbai via Frankfurt on March 8, 2020". Both restaurants - the former showcasing seasonal and regional Indian food and the latter celebrating Goan cuisine - were an extension of Cardoz's "New Indian Cuisine" philosophy. In her review of Tabla for the New York Times, critic Ruth Reichl wrote: "This is American food, viewed through a kaleidoscope of Indian spices".
He was the co-owner of two popular restaurants in Mumbai, Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, and had recently launched his third venture, the Bombay Sweet Shop. He took top honors on Top Chef Masters in 2011. "He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room", a spokesperson said. "He was an inspiration to chefs around the world and we offer our deepest sympathy to his family and friends". He trained with the Taj Group of Hotels for a few years before leaving for Les Roches, one of the world's leading hospitality schools in Switzerland, to broaden his familiarity with classic culinary technique. "He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter". He resided in New York City and worked in restaurants for most of his life. "I wish his personal and restaurant family all the strength in the world in this hard time".