Celebrity chef Floyd Cardoz has passed away due to the coronavirus. He was 59 years old. He died after suffering an infection in the hospital.
Cardoz was being treated at a facility in New Jersey, his family told Indian media outlet Scroll.in. He was being treated there upon his return from an international trip to Mumbai earlier this month, according to TMZ.
Cardoz took to Instagram just days ago with the news that he had admitted himself to a hospital in New York after feeling ill. "I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York," he wrote.
Cardoz was a featured contestant on "Top Chef Masters" for several episodes in 2011. Adding to his celebrity chef appearances, he was also featured on "Iron Chef America," "After Hours With Daniel Boulud," "Reservations Required," "Worst Cooks in America," "Big Morning Buzz Live," and various talk shows like "Rachael Ray."
Fellow "Top Chef" Padma Lakshmi took to Twitter with her kind words for Cardoz. "@floydcardoz made us all so proud," she wrote. "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..."
Cardoz was known for his various restaurants - Bombay Canteen and O Pedro in Mumbai as well as other locations in NYC.