Coronavirus claims the life of renowned NYC Chef Floyd Cardoz, ‘Top Chef Masters’ champion


  • Season 3 ‘Top Chef Masters’ champion Floyd Cardoz dies of coronavirus complications a week after his diagnosis.
  • The chef owns several famous groundbreaking restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar in New York and in his home country, India.
  • Cardoz previously traveled to India and returned to the U.S on March 8, more than a week before he was tested positive with COVID-19.


The chef responsible for much-admired NYC restaurants Pao Walla, Bombay Bread Bar, and Tabla has previously tested positive with coronavirus, and complications from the infection reportedly caused his death.

According to the Indian media site,, Floyd was only 59 years of age at the time of his passing.

The chef posted an update last week in his Instagram account and said that he is to be admitted to a New York hospital. The confinement came after his visit from India on March 8.

Cardoz stated on the IG post that he has a fever, and it made him decide to consult a doctor. On March 17,  the chef’s social media restaurant group, The Hunger Inc., confirmed the details of his hospitalization.

The Mumbai-born chef was the champion of “Top Chef Masters,” Season 3, and his rise to fame was attributed to his revolutionary restaurant,  Tabla.

The establishment opened in 1998, and it was considered as one of few Indian fine-dining spots in the city, and it was mainly famous for its bread.

Upon Cardoz’s tie-ups with Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group, the diner attained instant hit after it was given three stars by the New York Times.

While Tabla ceased operations after twelve years, it was considered as one of NYC’s most innovative restaurants up to the present.

Meanwhile, the diverse chef also partnered with Meyer in putting up the North End Grill, then proceeded to launch many other restaurants both in New York and in India.

Both Cardoz’s restaurant in Mumbai, Indian Goan-Portuguese fusion diner O Pedro,  and the Bombay Canteen is still well known in the city today.

His casual dining themed restaurant, SoHo’s Paowalla, which later became Bombay Bread Bar, has shut down only last year.

Danny Meyer, a close friend, and former hospitality business associate, expressed his grief over the loss of Cardoz through Twitter. Danny said he loves the prominent chef.

Source: New York Post

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