Chef Floyd Cardoz's business partner Yash Bhanage shared a heartbreaking message with PEOPLE following the news of the Top Chef Master alum's death on Wednesday. He was diagnosed COVID-19 positive after the chef observed certain symptoms of the virus and was admitted to a hospital in NY.
He was tested positive for Coronavirus after he reached New Jersey, where he has passed away recently. Hospitality had released a statement saying that as a precautionary measure, the Mumbai health department had been informed of the diagnosis.
The chef had attended the notable restaurant's fifth-anniversary celebrations on March 1 where about 200 people were present and had also attended the opening of a sweet shop in the Byculla area of Mumbai. Hospitality, where Cardoz was the culinary director. "Rest in peace Floyd.we will carry on your handsome legacy". He was a friend, a genius chef, and a warm, genuine, remarkable human being, with a sparkling personality. "He played a huge role in the success of Hunger Inc".
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Cardoz made his mark in the New York restaurant scene after opening Tabla, a fine dining Indian restaurant in 1998, Eater New York wrote. Indian food in America consisted mostly of stodgy North Indian cream, nut and tomato-based gravies and the usual complement of greasy biryanis and pulaos.
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Cardoz was born in Mumbai (then Bombay) and trained as a chef in his hometown and in Switzerland, according to NPR. "Floyd was a talented chef who competed and won "Top Chef Masters.' He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room", a Bravo spokesperson said in a statement". He was also the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Milk Bar.
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Floyd Cardoz was an influential chef who married regional Indian cuisine with French and new American flavors. His Bombay Canteen as well as Goan-Portuguese fusion restaurant O Pedro remain popular in Mumbai today.
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.
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