Floyd Cardoz, ‘Top Chef Masters’ Winner, Dead At 59 After Suffering Complications From Coronavirus
A contestant and world-renowned chef that appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters has died of complications from the coronavirus, CNN reports.
Floyd Cardoz, who was 59 at the time of his death, appeared in the third season of the show. He had reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz,” according to a statement from Hunger Inc. Hospitality, where he was the culinary director.
According to the news outlet, Cardoz tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18 after being admitted to the hospital. He was being treated at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey.
Padma Lakshmi, the host of the Bravo hit, has since expressed her condolences, taking to Twitter to share her thoughts on Cardoz’s passing.
“@floydcardoz made us all so proud,” she tweeted. “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…”
She continued, “Not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere. My heart goes out to his wife Barkha and their whole family. RIP Floyd.”