'Top Chef Masters' Winner Floyd Cardoz Dies of Novel Coronavirus
Floyd Cardoz Dies of After Testing Positive For COVID-19
- Floyd Cardoz has died of the novel coronavirus.
- He was admitted to the hospital with a fever.
- He was the winner of season 3 of 'Top Chef Masters.'
- The show host Padma Lakshmi paid tribute to him.
Bad news for the food world! Chef Floyd Cardoz, who won season 3 of Top Chef Masters has died of the novel coronavirus.
His family confirmed his death on Wednesday, March 25, to Indian publication Scroll.in. According to the publication, the chef passed away after testing positive for COVID-19.
Cardoz previously shared with his fan on March 17 that he was in the hospital with a fever.
Alongside a selfie from his hospital bed, he wrote at the time,
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.
The next day, The Hunger Inc confirmed that Cardoz tested positive for coronavirus.
The company, which runs his restaurants, said in a statement,
Floyd Cardoz currently admitted in hospital in New York, USA, tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18, 2020.
Following his passing, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi paid tribute to him via Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday.
View this post on Instagram
I am beyond saddened to wake up today and hear the news of my dear friend @floydcardoz’s passing. 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. This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere. My heart goes out to his wife Barkha and their whole family. RIP.
Rest In Peace Floyd Cardoz!