NEW YORK:World-renowned chef Floyd Cardoz, who was tested Covid-19 positive, passed away at the age of 59 on Wednesday. Cardoz was in New Jersey. Floyd Cardoz had his own Restaurants in New York – Chez Floyd, then lately Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and restaurants in Bombay and Goa.
He had flown from New York City to Bombay for a Bombay Canteen celebratory dinner and all guests were informed after he tested positive for the infection.
Last week, Cardoz had taken to his Instagram and shared that he was not feeling well. He posted a picture of himself in a hospital with the caption, “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 was tested positive for Covid-19 on March 19, 2020.
The Mumbai-born Goan chef was in his home city for the fifth anniversary celebrations of Bombay Canteen, which was held on March 1 this year. The restaurant, located in Lower Parel, posted on Instagram that Cardoz, its culinary director “was admitted into hospital in New York with a viral fever. He is being closely monitored for his condition and we wish him a speedy recovery.”
Cardoz, who was the chef of erstwhile eateries Tabla, The Bread Bar and North End Grill in New York, had recently featured in an episode of Netflix’s Ugly Delicious. His third establishment in Mumbai, the Bombay Sweet Shop, had launched only earlier this month. Cardoz had made headlines for winning a season of Top Chef Masters on which he gave upma an inventive spin by cooking it with chicken stock, wild mushrooms and kokum.
In a recent interview, Cardoz had said food to him “is about joy” and how he wanted every dish at the Goan-Portuguese restaurant O Pedro “to celebrate the happiness he felt when he was in Goa”.