'Top Chef Masters' Winner Floyd Cardoz Dies At 59 From Coronavirus

Lula Sharp
March 26, 2020

Top Chef Masters star Floyd Cardoz has died from the coronavirus at the age of 59, according to reports. Sometime after returning to NY via Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8, he began to feel unwell.

The committed advocate of making the food industry more sustainable began his hospitality training in his native Bombay.

Cardoz was in Mumbai for the fifth anniversary celebrations of The Bombay Canteen on 1 March and a soft-launch party of the new venture on 7 March. His Bombay Canteen as well as Goan-Portuguese fusion restaurant O Pedro remain popular in Mumbai today. The restaurant closed in 2010, but earned Cardoz four nominations for the James Beard Award for Best Chef between 2004 and 2007.

On Wednesday, Hunger Inc issued a statement mourning Cardoz's death.

"The outpour of love and wishes we've witnessed in the last few hours from across the world just goes to show what an incredible human being you were, and we're ever so grateful that we were a part of your glorious life".

The two worked together for 17 years.

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Floyd Cardoz attends a dinner for Maiyet ar Fred's in Barneys New York.

Cardoz is survived by his mother, Beryl, his wife, Barkha, as well as his sons, Justin and Peter.

"He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch", Lakshmi tweeted.

The Top Chef Masters victor was only 59 years old, and People confirmed that he passed away after battling the illness since at least last Wednesday. During the course of his career, which took him to the kitchens behind Manhattan's elite fine dining scene, he was celebrated for bringing a new style of Indian cuisine to the city. In 2014, he co-founded Hunger Inc with Sameer Seth, Yash Bhanage, and Thomas Zacharias. Hospitality starting in 2015. He received the first-ever Humanitarian of the Year Award from Food TV and was a four-time James Beard Award nominee.

Cardoz has been nominated for multiple James Beard awards and has written at least two cookbooks, Flavourwalla and One Spice Two Spice. "You've been a prince since we met ..."

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