Cardoz competed on Top Chef, won Top Chef Masters in 2010 and owned restaurants in New York and Mumbai.
He had reportedly travelled from Mumbai to New York via Frankfurt earlier this month. He was admitted to Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, NJ, a week ago, where he tested positive for COVID-19.
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
Cardoz partnered with restaurateur Danny Meyer to open Tabla in New York in 1997. The critically acclaimed restaurant closed in 2010. They also partnered on the North End Grill in New York in 2012; it closed in 2018.
Cardoz was nominated for a James Beard Award four times, and authored two cook books.
See some of the tributes pouring in for him below.
I don't want to believe this— Dave Chang (@davidchang) March 25, 2020
Coronavirus: Chef Floyd Cardoz, co-owner of Bombay Canteen, dies of Covid-19 in New York City https://t.co/4wqWaYcA0a
.@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
Love you so much @floydcardoz— Danny Meyer (@dhmeyer) March 25, 2020
Floyd. You were a gem. You were an amazing human and chef. You were a father and husband full of love and grace. I am so sorry. I love you. Rest in Peace my friend. #floydcardoz— Hugh Acheson (@HughAcheson) March 25, 2020
Devastating news about Chef Floyd Cardoz. I can't process it. A true gentleman in every sense and a great credit to the chef community. He will be sorely missed. #rip— alex guarnaschelli (@guarnaschelli) March 25, 2020
Rest in peace Floyd Cardoz. I used to love his restaurant Tabla. People arent just numbers or percentages or age brackets and when they go they take some of the light they emanate and whole universes of love with them— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) March 25, 2020