বৃহস্পতিবার, ২৬ মার্চ ২০২০
Floyd Cardoz, who won Season 3 of Top Chef Masters, died Wednesday due to coronavirus-related complications. The chef’s family confirmed the sad news to Indian publication . He was 59.
Cardoz tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18 and was being treated at Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey. He was admitted into the hospital one day prior with a viral fever. Cardoz co-owned the Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, two popular restaurants in Mumbai. Cardoz had recently launched his third venture, the Bombay Sweet Shop. His company, Hunger Inc., issued a statement Wednesday.
Floyd Cardoz tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18 and was being treated at a hospital in New Jersey. (Photo: Getty Images)
“It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing away of Chef Floyd Cardoz (59 years), Co-Founder, Hunger Inc. Hospitality, on March 25, 2020 in New Jersey, USA,” it said. “He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter.”
Last week, the Mumbai-raised chef said he fell ill after returning to New York from India on March 8. Cardoz alerted fans on Instagram he contracted the virus, but didn’t know how, and that he checked himself into the hospital. Cardoz eventually deleted the post and clarified in a new message his hospitalization was a “precautionary measure” and apologized for any panic he caused.
“I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York,” he shared in his final Instagram post on March 18. “I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters.”
Hunger Inc. said last week the company informed the Health Department in Mumbai of Cardoz’s positive COVID-19 result “as a precautionary measure.”
“We are also reaching out personally to people who have interacted with him during his visit to India, so they can take necessary medical advice should they indicate any symptoms [fever, cough, shortness of breath] and or [put themselves in] self-quarantine,” the company said.