First Indian Corona Death Reported in the US

Lawrence Kim
March 26, 2020

Chef Floyd Cardoz, who won Season 3 of Bravo's Top Chef Masters, died Wednesday due to complications from the coronavirus.

Cardoz passed on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey, according to a spokesperson for Hunger Inc. Cardoz, who spent years earning his culinary chops in the east and the west, feeding the likes of Barack Obama, Nicole Kidman, Harrison Ford, Elton John, Madonna, Kofi Annan and Bill Gates, had trained as a biochemist before he ditched his white lab coat for the chef 's white. He moved to New York City and lived there. But he soon developed stronger symptoms. [I] was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters.

Another Instagram post from Bombay Canteen from that day read, "Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Culinary Director, Hunger, Inc was admitted into hospital in NY with a viral fever". He later helmed Meyer's North End Grill, while he competed and won on Bravo's third season of "Top Chef Masters". A product of IHM Dadar, Mumbai's hotel management school, Chef Cardoz successfully ran New York's acclaimed, Tabla restaurant for 12 years before it shut down in 2010. Both restaurants - the former showcasing seasonal and regional Indian food and the latter celebrating Goan cuisine - were an extension of Cardoz's "New Indian Cuisine" philosophy.

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

We invite you to share condolences for Floyd Cardoz in our Guest Book. He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room. I adored him. A great chef, groundbreaking in so many ways, a generous human, resilient of spirit and loved his family, his garden and our restaurant world so much. There was, after all, double cause for celebration that afternoon: Floyd and his partners were also ready to open the doors to the all-new The Bombay Sweet Shop, a modern mithai "factory and cafe" in Byculla.

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

For Cardoz, it wasn't just about how good the food tasted.

Cardoz began his career in his native Bombay, India (now known as Mumbai), where he attended culinary school and interned in the kitchen of the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel.

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