Padma Lakshmi & 'Top Chef' Family Mourn Floyd Cardoz's Death With Touching Posts

Floyd Cardoz

Top Chef Masters Winner Floyd Cardoz Passes Away After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Mumbai: Noted chef Floyd Cardoz has died after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, family sources said on Wednesday.

Cardoz - who appeared on Season 2 of David Chang's "Ugly Delicious" - died from complications of the virus at Hackensack Meridian Health Mountainside Medical Center in Glen Ridge.

The Mumbai-born Chef Cardoz with Goan origins had originally trained to be a biochemist.

He later opened Pao Walta in New York City's Soho neighborhood and also worked with Meyer in opening North End Grill.

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi posted about Cardoz on Instagram. "I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters". Tabla closed in 2010 but remains one of the city's most groundbreaking restaurants to this day, known especially for its bread. Cardoz had arrived in NY on March 8 via the Frankfurt Airport, the company's statement said.

The chef was the author of two cookbooks: "One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors" (2006) and "Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor".

He is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha, and their sons Peter, 27, and Justin, 22. "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. A week after taking action over his symptoms, the Top Chef Masters star has passed away. "Top Chef" also celebrated Floyd, sharing a social media tribute that read in part, "He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room". His family also previously confirmed the news to the Indian publication Scroll.in, which reported that Cardoz had been in Mumbai, where he owned the restaurants The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, as well as the newly-opened Bombay Sweet Shop. At the time, there weren't many high-end Indian restaurants.

"Good food is not only about how it looks on the plate", he told PEOPLE in 2015 of his passion for the hospitality industry.

Cardoz went to culinary school in Mumbai and interned at the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel. A Bandra boy from birth, Cardoz studied at St Andrew's High School and graduated from St Xavier's College before enrolling at The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition in Dadar.

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