‘Top Chef Masters’ Winner Floyd Cardoz Dead at 59 After COVID-19 Diagnosis

Floyd Cardoz, an acclaimed chef who won Season 3 of “Top Chef Masters,” has passed away at the age of 59.

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group confirmed to People that Cardoz died at Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey as a result of complications from the coronavirus.

“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz,” a spokesperson from the company said in a statement, adding that Cardoz was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 18.

Cardoz’s family also confirmed the devastating news to Indian publication Scroll.in.

In an Instagram post dated March 17, Cardoz said he checked himself into a New York hospital after “feeling feverish.” He also revealed that he arrived in New York on March 8 after spending time in Frankfurt, Germany.

Back in 1998, Cardoz was the executive chef at Tabla, one of the few fine-dining Indian restaurants in New York City.

He later opened North End Grill, Paowalla, and Bombay Bread Bar in New York, and recently opened The Bombay Canteen and Bombay Sweet Shop in Mumbai, India.

In 2011, Cardoz appeared on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” placing first against 11 other renowned chefs.

“Bravo and the ‘Top Chef’ family are deeply saddened by the passing of Chef Floyd Cardoz. Floyd was a talented chef who competed and won ‘Top Chef Masters.’ He was thoughtful, kind, and his smile illuminated a room,” a Bravo spokesperson said in a statement. “He was an inspiration to chefs around the world and we offer our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.”

He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha, and sons Justin and Peter.


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