Popular Indian Chef Floyd Cardoz has died from complications arisen from coronavirus, according to reports.
The co-owner of popular Mumbai restaurant, Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and the Bombay Sweet Shop was 59.
Family sources confirmed to PTI that Cardoz died shortly after testing positive for COVID-19, while in New York.
A week ago, the award-winning chef, TV personality and author, took to Instagram to complain of his ill health. “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. I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters. I returned to New York on March 8th via Frankfurt,” he posted.
Shortly after, The Hunger Inc, the company that runs the restaurants, also put out a statement confirming Cardoz wasn’t doing well. “Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Culinary Director, Hunger Inc was admitted into hospital in New York with a viral fever. Chef Floyd who was earlier in Mumbai left the city on March 8th for New York via Frankfurt airport. He is being closely monitored for his condition and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
It was later confirmed that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, which has seen New York facing a lockdown earlier this week.
Several personalities took to social media to convey their grief as news of Cardoz’s death broke.
“Terrible news about @floydcardoz An inventive, proud and super successful Internationally respected chef, who placed Indian cuisine on the world’s palate. RIP,” tweeted Indian author Shobhaa De.
Celebrity photographer Atul Kasbekar wrote: “RIP @floydcardoz Brilliant chef, old friend and all round great guy. Known him from his days at #Tabla in NYC. Brain behind the wonderful @bombaycanteen and @OPedroMumbai. Victim of #covid19 in NYC. Tragic loss to the culinary world.”
Pete Wells, noted food critic at The New York Times, also tweeted: “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.”