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‘Top Chef Masters’ Winner Floyd Cardoz Dies From Coronavirus Complications at 59

Floyd Cardoz, the winner of Bravo’s “Prime Chef Masters” Season 3, died on Wednesday after testing optimistic for coronavirus, a spokesperson for his Starvation Inc. Hospitality confirmed to Selection. He was 59.

“It’s with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Co-Founder, Starvation Inc. Hospitality, on March 25, 2020 in New Jersey, USA,” the spokesperson stated in a press release. “He’s survived by his mom Beryl, spouse Barkha and sons Justin and Peter. Floyd examined optimistic for Covid 19, in USA, on March 18th and was being handled for a similar at Mountainside Medical Centre, New Jersey, USA.”

Bravo additionally issued a press release by way of its Twitter account for “Prime Chef Masters”: “Bravo and the ‘Prime Chef’ household are deeply saddened by the passing of Chef Floyd Cardoz, Floyd was a gifted chef who competed and received Prime Chef Masters. He was considerate, type and his smile illuminated a room. He was an inspiration to cooks around the globe and we provide our deepest sympathy to his household and mates.”

Cardoz shared on Instagram final week that he admitted himself to a hospital after feeling “feverish” following a visit to India on March 8.

Cardoz competed in Bravo’s third season of “Prime Chef Masters” in 2011, the place he finally got here in first place. He was the co-owner of two well-liked eating places in Mumbai, the Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, and had not too long ago launched his third enterprise, Bombay Candy Store. 

Cardoz was raised in Mumbai, and went to culinary college in Switzerland earlier than transferring to New York Metropolis. He later turned the manager chef at Tabla, the esteemed Indian restaurant he opened with Danny Meyer in 1998. The restaurant closed in 2010, however earned Cardoz 4 nominations for the James Beard Award for Finest Chef between 2004 and 2007. In 2009, he was a semifinalist for the distinguished award.

He later opened Pao Walta in New York Metropolis’s Soho neighborhood and in addition labored with Meyer in opening North Finish Grill. He was the writer of two cookbooks, “One Spice, Two Spice; American Meals, Indian Flavors” and “Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Massive Taste. Daring Spices. A New Method to Prepare dinner the Meals You Love.” He had not too long ago returned from India the place he was filming for the Netflix sequence, “Ugly Scrumptious,” with Aziz Ansari.

“Prime Chef” host Padma Lakshmi posted a touching tribute to Cardoz on her Instagram.

“He had an impish smile, an innate must make these round him completely satisfied, and a scrumptious contact,” wrote Lakshmi. “It is a big loss not just for the skilled meals world, however for Indians all over the place. My coronary heart goes out to his spouse Barkha and their complete household. RIP.”



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