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Chef Floyd Cardoz dies of COVID-19 in New York City

Last updated on March 26, 2020


Chef Floyd Cardoz, the 59-year-old restaurateur based mostly in the USA, has died. On March 18, Chef Cardoz had tested positive for COVID-19 at a New York hospital.

Hunger Inc, the corporate that runs the eating places, stated in a press release: “It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Co-Founder, Hunger Inc. Hospitality, on March 25, 2020 in New Jersey, USA. He is survived by his mom Beryl, spouse Barkha and sons Justin and Peter.

“Floyd tested positive for Covid 19, in USA, on March 18th and was being treated for the same at Mountainside Medical Centre, New Jersey, USA.”

The firm had earlier confirmed that the restaurateur-chef had examined optimistic for the virus. “As a precautionary measure we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai about the same,” it stated. “We are also reaching out personally to people who have interacted with him during his visit to India, so they can take necessary medical advice should they indicate any symptoms…”

Chef Cardoz was the co-owner of two profitable eating places in Mumbai – The Bombay Canteen and O Pedro and had earlier this month launched a 3rd enterprise, the Bombay Sweet Shop with the identical crew.

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The information of Chef Cardoz’s demise has shocked the culinary world. Food author Roshni Bajaj Sanghvi who has recognized him for a decade stated, “Chef Floyd elevated the way we looked at Indian food, both here and abroad. He showed us how Indian cuisine should be celebrated. He was a friend, a genius chef, and a warm, genuine, remarkable human being, with a sparkling personality. He will be so deeply missed.”

Gauri Devidayal, who owns The Table and Mei13 stated, “Chef Floyd was a global icon in the food world and one of the first chefs to put Indian food on the world map with his restaurant, Tabla. He is someone that not just the Hunger Inc team, but everyone looked up to. His mark on the restaurant industry in both New York and Bombay was remarkable and it’s unimaginable to think he is no more because of this dreaded virus. I wish his personal and restaurant family all the strength in the world in this difficult time.”

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The Mumbai-born Chef Cardoz with Goan origins had initially educated to be a biochemist. He shot to fame when he gained the highest honour of the tv actuality present, Top Chef Masters Season 3 with an upma dish with a twist. A product of IHM Dadar, Mumbai’s lodge administration college, Chef Cardoz efficiently ran New York’s acclaimed, Tabla restaurant for 12 years earlier than it shut down in 2010.

Most lately he ran the favored Soho Indian restaurant, Bombay Bread Bar which was previously referred to as Paowalla for 3 years. Food critics had known as it a “magical love letter to Indian bread.”

Food author, Aatish Nath stated, “Chef Floyd Cardoz at all times had wry smile on his face and was fast with ideas when it got here to what to eat, at each O Pedro and Bombay Canteen. More lately, at Bombay Sweet Shop there was a way of pleasure in what the crew at Hunger Inc, in which he was a companion, had created. It was clear that Cardoz took pleasure, rightfully, in what he had constructed in the nation and town of his beginning in addition to his legacy in New York City. He was seen as an envoy for Indian meals, which once more introduced him again to India on the newest season of chef David Chang’s Netflix present, Ugly Delicious.

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