(CNN) — World-renowned chef Floyd Cardoz died Wednesday in New Jersey at age 59. Cardoz had tested positive for coronavirus.
“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz,” according to a statement from Hunger Inc. Hospitality, where Cardoz was the culinary director.
Cardoz tested positive for Covid-19 on March 18 and was being treated for it at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey, the statement said.
In a 2017 CBS interview, Cardoz explained how he ended up becoming a chef. “I wanted to be a biochemist. Then I read Hotel by Arthur Hailey. This is so much fun, because I loved food growing up. Then I started cooking and realised I was really good at it.”
Raised in Mumbai, India, Cardoz went to Les Roches culinary school in Switzerland before coming to New York City.
He was the executive chef at Tabla, the pioneering modern Indian restaurant he opened with Danny Meyer in 1998, earning him multiple accolades and critical acclaim. He later helmed Meyer’s North End Grill, while he competed and won on Bravo’s third season of Top Chef Masters.
He later opened Pao Walla in New York City’s Soho neighbourhood, and followed that up with Bombay Bread Bar, which closed last year.
Cardoz also had restaurants in Mumbai — Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and Bombay Sweet Shop.
The chef was the author of two cookbooks: One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors (2006) and Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love (2016).
Cardoz admitted himself to the hospital on March 17 after feeling feverish.
He had recently returned from India, where he was filming the Netflix series, Ugly Delicious with actor Aziz Ansari.
He posted a selfie on Instagram that day.
“I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York,” he wrote alongside the post.
Another Instagram post from Bombay Canteen from that day read, “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 8 for New York via Frankfurt airport. He is being closely monitored for his condition and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Food magnate David Chang posted about Cardoz’s death on Instagram: “Heartbroken over the loss of Floyd Cardoz to COVID-19. Rest in peace Floyd…we will carry on your beautiful legacy.”
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How is coronavirus transmitted?
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By Brekke Fletcher and Marnie Hunter, CNN