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Top Chef Masters star Chef Floyd Cardoz, 59, dies from coronavirus after traveling to Mumbai

Top Chef Masters star Chef Floyd Cardoz, 59, dies from coronavirus after traveling to Mumbai

Chef Floyd Cardoz of Top Chef Masers fame has died from the coronavirus.

The 59-year-old reality TV star passed away on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey after complaining a week ago of a high fever.

The star who owned the NYC restaurants  Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar had traveled to from Mumbai to Frankfort then on to New York City on March 8. 

Sad loss: Chef Floyd Cardoz of Top Chef Masers fame has died from the coronavirus. The 59-year-old reality TV star passed away on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey after complaining a week ago of a high fever; seen in 2013

Sad loss: Chef Floyd Cardoz of Top Chef Masers fame has died from the coronavirus. The 59-year-old reality TV star passed away on Wednesday at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey after complaining a week ago of a high fever; seen in 2013

In the hospital: He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a 'precautionary measure'

In the hospital: He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a ‘precautionary measure’

The news was shared by a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group.

He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a ‘precautionary measure.’

‘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,’ he said.

He added that he ‘was hugely anxious about my state of health.’ 

Quick turn: He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a 'precautionary measure.' Seen in 2016

Quick turn: He checked into a New York hospital with a fever a week ago and shared on social media he was doing so as a ‘precautionary measure.’ Seen in 2016

Lloyd was tested positive for COVID-19. 

Cardoz also competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters season three in 2011, taking home the top prize.   

His former business partner Danny Meyer tweeted, ‘Love you so much @floydcardoz.  

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wrote on social media: ‘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,’ she noted.

At work: He had restaurants in Mumbai. 'We have been working with @nayakgirish for the past 2 years. We are excited to be bringing our 3 1/2 year secret project to life. @bombaysweetshop has challenged us and made us eat so many sweets,' he shared recently

At work: He had restaurants in Mumbai. ‘We have been working with @nayakgirish for the past 2 years. We are excited to be bringing our 3 1/2 year secret project to life. @bombaysweetshop has challenged us and made us eat so many sweets,’ he shared recently

‘This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for the Indians everywhere.’ 

He was born in Bombay, India, then settled down in New York City to work in restaurants.

The chef was a fixture at Tabla, North End Grill, Paowalla and Bombay Bread Bar. He also had The Bombay Canteen and Bombay Sweet Shop in Mumbai, India. 

Cardoz is survived by his wife and business partner, Barkha, and their two sons, Peter, 27, and Justin, 22.  

On the hit show: Cardoz with Mary Sue Milliken, Traci Des Jardins on Top Chef Masters in 2011

On the hit show: Cardoz with Mary Sue Milliken, Traci Des Jardins on Top Chef Masters in 2011

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