Floyd Cardoz – chef, author, restauranteur, food entrepreneur, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters – who brought his talents to Montclair Food & Wine Festival, Hillside School, and other events in Montclair, has died of complications from COVID-19. The New Jersey-based chef was 59.
Cardoz shared he had been admitted to a hospital a week ago on Instagram. Cardoz tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18, according to Hunger Inc, the company that owns The Bombay Canteen, where Cardoz was culinary director. Cardoz had been in India earlier in the month.
Hunger Inc, in a statement, said it had informed the Health Department in Mumbai. Cardoz flew back to New York from Mumbai via Frankfurt on March 8.
.@floydcardoz 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… pic.twitter.com/Q6eRVIpZkL
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 25, 2020
Tragic news. Floyd Cardoz the world renowned chef – with his own Restaurants in New York – Chez Floyd, then lately Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and restaurants in Bombay and Goa has succumbed to the Corona virus in New Jersey RIP
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) March 25, 2020