Top Chef Masters star Chef Floyd Cardoz, 59, dies from coronavirus after traveling to Mumbai


Chef Floyd Cardoz of Top Chef Masers fame has died from the coronavirus.

The 59-year-old reality TV star passed away on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey after complaining a week ago of a high fever.

The star who owned the NYC restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar had traveled from Mumbai to Frankfurt then on to New York City on March 8. 

Sad loss: Chef Floyd Cardoz of Top Chef Masers fame has died from the coronavirus. The 59-year-old reality TV star passed away on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey after complaining a week ago of a high fever; seen in 2013

In the hospital: He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a ‘precautionary measure’

The news was shared by a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group.

He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a ‘precautionary measure.’

‘Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York,’ he said as he shared a photo from his hospital bed.

The foodie added that he ‘was hugely anxious about my state of health.’ 

Lloyd soon after tested positive for COVID-19.  

With a close friend: He appeared to be in Mumbai with Aziz Ansari. In this Instagram post from earlier this month he said, 'On location with @azizansari while shooting @uglydelicious season 2 in India. Glad we get to tell the story of our passion with Indian food. Thanks @davidchang for letting us crash this party!'

With a close friend: He appeared to be in Mumbai with Aziz Ansari. In this Instagram post from earlier this month he said, ‘On location with @azizansari while shooting @uglydelicious season 2 in India. Glad we get to tell the story of our passion with Indian food. Thanks @davidchang for letting us crash this party!’

He appeared to be in Mumbai with comedian Aziz Ansari.

In an Instagram post from earlier this month he said, ‘On location with @azizansari while shooting @uglydelicious season 2 in India. 

‘Glad we get to tell the story of our passion with Indian food. Thanks @davidchang for letting us crash this party!’

She was a fan: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wrote on social media: 'Floyd made us all so proud. Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was'

She was a fan: Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wrote on social media: ‘Floyd made us all so proud. Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was’

Ansari, a 37-year-old actor and stand-up comedian who best known for Parks And Recreation and Master Of None, has not yet publicly complained of any symptoms of coronavirus. 

Chang is an American restaurateur, author, and television personality. He is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Milk Bar. 

Soon after tributes rolled in for the beloved chef. 

Lloyd’s former business partner Danny Meyer tweeted, ‘Love you so much @floydcardoz. 

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wrote on social media: ‘Floyd made us all so proud. 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,’ she noted.

Quick turn: He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a 'precautionary measure.' Seen in 2016

Quick turn: He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a ‘precautionary measure.’ Seen in 2016

At work: He had restaurants in Mumbai. 'We have been working with @nayakgirish for the past 2 years. We are excited to be bringing our 3 1/2 year secret project to life. @bombaysweetshop has challenged us and made us eat so many sweets,' he shared recently

At work: He had restaurants in Mumbai. ‘We have been working with @nayakgirish for the past 2 years. We are excited to be bringing our 3 1/2 year secret project to life. @bombaysweetshop has challenged us and made us eat so many sweets,’ he shared recently

‘This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for the Indians everywhere.’ 

Priya Krishna said, ‘Floyd did so much to advance the cause of Indian food and Indian people in America. He was generous, funny, and warm, and I’ve always wished I could turn back time and eat at Tabla. Sending love to his family.’

Pete Wells added: ‘Floyd Cardoz was an exceptional talent, a chef equally at home with undiluted Indian flavors as he was with the delicious union of French, Indian and American food, a personal idiom that he invented..’

He was born in Bombay, India, then settled down in New York City to work in restaurants.

The chef was a fixture at Tabla, North End Grill, Paowalla and Bombay Bread Bar. He also had The Bombay Canteen and Bombay Sweet Shop in Mumbai, India. 

Cardoz also competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters season three in 2011, taking home the top prize. 

The restaurateur is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha, and their two sons, Peter, 27, and Justin, 22.  

On the hit show: Cardoz with Mary Sue Milliken, Traci Des Jardins on Top Chef Masters in 2011

On the hit show: Cardoz with Mary Sue Milliken, Traci Des Jardins on Top Chef Masters in 2011

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