Celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz has died because of the coronavirus. this after checking into a hospital and succumbing to an infection, according to his family. "He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter", said the statement. He later tested positive for COVID-19.
A few days ago, a statement by The Hunger Inc confirming the news of Cardoz's diagnosis, noted that the Health Department in Mumbai was informed about the same. He also owned two New York City restaurants: Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar. He studied hotel management in Switzerland and attended the culinary school Les Roches. As Kunz's deputy, the young chef had arrived, and now he was approached by the celebrated hospitality impresario Danny Meyer to create something entirely new, based on Indian influences and ingredients. He was a friend, a genius chef, and a warm, genuine, remarkable human being, with a sparkling personality. He is someone that not just the Hunger Inc team, but everyone looked up to.
Cardoz made his mark in the New York restaurant scene after opening Tabla, a fine dining Indian restaurant in 1998, Eater New York wrote. 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.
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Cardoz also competed on "Top Chef Masters", a tournament-style spin-off of the Bravo cooking competition, and won, defeating some of the world's best chefs.
Cardoz was a versatile chef who made his mark in the culinary world with Tabla, a NY restaurant that brought Indian cuisine into New York's fine dining world, noted Eater. On March 1, 200-plus guests gathered at The Bombay Canteen for a Sunday brunch to celebrate the restaurant's 5th birthday.
Paying condolences to Floyd's family, television anchor duo Rocky and Mayur, popularly known for their show "Highway On My Plate, wrote: "Rest in Peace Chef @floydcardoz".