Chef Floyd Cardoz has died at the age of 59 due to complications from coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the news of Cardoz’s passing was confirmed by Hunger Inc Hospitality, where the world-renowned chef was culinary director, according to CNN.

“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz,” the statement reads.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

Cardoz, the chef and founder of Bombay Canteen and O Pedro in Mumbai and New York City restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar, was admitted to the hospital on 18 March, where he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

At the time, the Top Chef Masters winner apologised to his followers on Instagram for worrying them after he’d initially expressed concern over his health.

Sharing a photo of himself in a hospital gown, Cardoz wrote: “Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York.

“I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters. I returned to New York on March 8th via Frankfurt.”

The news of Cardoz’s death prompted an outpouring of tributes from fans and notable figures in the restaurant industry.

“Floyd Cardoz made us all proud,” Top Chef host and judge Padma Lakshmi tweeted. “Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. This is a huge loss…”

New York Times food critic Pete Wells wrote: “Floyd Cardoz was an exceptional talent, a chef equally at home with undiluted Indian flavours as he was with the delicious union of French, Indian and American food, a personal idiom that he invented.”

Comments

Share your thoughts and debate the big issues

Learn more
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Create a commenting name to join the debate

Please try again, the name must be unique Only letters and numbers accepted
Loading comments...
Loading comments...
Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines.
  • You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully
  • Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable
  • Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties
  • We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification

You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.

Loading comments...
Loading comments...