‘Top Chef Masters’ Winner Floyd Cardoz Dies At 59 From Coronavirus

Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz dies from coronavirus at 59

  • Chef Floyd Cardoz died from the coronavirus. 
  • He was the winner of season 3 of ‘Top Chef Masters.’
  • The chef was 59 years old and recently traveled overseas. 


Another celebrity has died due to coronavirus. Chef Floyd Cardoz, best known for competing on Top Chef Masters has died at age 59. He also owned two New York City restaurants: Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar.

Floyd passed away at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey. He shared on social media a week ago that he was heading to the hospital due to a high fever. Floyd had recently been traveling from Mumbai to Frankfurt and back to New York City.


‘Top Chef Master’ winner Floyd Cardoz died after being diagnosed with coronavirus

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Chef Floyd Cardoz in the hospital / Instagram

His last post on Instagram is a photo of himself in the hospital. He wrote, “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.”

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Floyd on ‘Top Chef Masters’ / Bravo

It has been confirmed that Floyd tested positive for COVID-19. He was also the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar and Milk Bar. In addition to appearing on reality television, he wrote books.

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Chef Floyd Cardoz / Instagram

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi shared her grief on social media after hearing of Floyd’s passing. She wrote, “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 the Indians everywhere.”


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Chef Floyd Cardoz / Instagram

Floyd was born in Bombay, India but later moved to the United States. He resided in New York City and worked in restaurants for most of his life. He won Top Chef Masters in 2011 during season three. Floyd is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha and two sons, Peter and Justin.

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