Popular Indian chef Floyd Cardoz dies of COVID-19 in NY



"Bravo and the Top Chef family are deeply saddened by the passing of Chef Floyd Cardoz", a Bravo spokesperson said in a statement.

Padma Lakshmi, host of the Bravo cooking competition series "Top Chef", praised the success of Tabla and offered condolences to Cardoz's loved ones, including his wife and business partner, Barkha.

He was tested positive for Coronavirus after he reached New Jersey, where he has passed away recently.

In his last Instagram post, Floyd gave followers a glimpse into his health struggles while posting a photo from the hospital room. Hospitality, on March 25, 2020 in New Jersey, USA.

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.

Cardoz even tried to ally his fans' fears with a post on Instagram.

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Cardoz, who grew up in Bandra, Mumbai, is widely credited with bringing the diversity and complexity of Indian cuisine to the world's notice. "He made a connection with different people, so much so that anytime anyone from the chef fraternity got to know that I was from India, they would talk to me about Floyd", he said.

Cardoz was raised in Mumbai, and went to culinary school in Switzerland before moving to New York City. The restaurant closed in 2010, but earned Cardoz four nominations for the James Beard Award for Best Chef between 2004 and 2007.

In New York, Cardoz was also executive chef at North End Grill and opened Paowalla, which became Bombay Bread Bar. He was 59. After the news of his death, several Bollywood stars mourned the Indian-born chef, who was the owner of two popular Mumbai-based restaurants - Bombay Canteen and O Pedro. He was also the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Milk Bar.

The statement reads, "As a precautionary measure we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai about the same". The restaurant industry in India needs more of this, especially at a time when it is severely suffering financially.

The author, restaurateur and victor of Top Chef Masters went to the hospital as a "precautionary measure" last week after he was "feeling feverish", he wrote in an Instagram post.

"I have always snarked that the media acted like he was the only Indian chef in the (United States)", Mistry told CNN.

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