Renowned chef Floyd Cardoz, who was recently admitted to the hospital as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, passed away on Wednesday due to complications from the virus, reports the Economic Times.
The culinary star successfully ran the ‘Bombay Canteen’ and ‘O Pedro’ in Mumbai and was the magician behind New York’s famous restaurant ‘Tabla’. The 59-year-old co-founder of Hunger Inc. Hospitality had tested positive for Covid-19 in the USA on March 18, reports NDTV. He was being treated at the Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey.
Many people internationally including his NY business partner of 17 years paid tribute to the legendary chef:
Love you so much @floydcardoz
— Danny Meyer (@dhmeyer) March 25, 2020
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.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) March 25, 2020
Floyd Cardoz passed away from C19. I adored him. A great chef, groundbreaking in so many ways, a generous human, resilient of spirit and loved his family, his garden and our restaurant world so much. I’m stunned.
I know what I’m eating tonight for dinner https://t.co/ndPhMECp2EAdvertisement
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) March 25, 2020
Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Chelsea Peretti also paid tribute to the culinary master:
Rest in peace Floyd Cardoz. I used to love his restaurant Tabla. People arent just numbers or percentages or age brackets and when they go they take some of the light they emanate and whole universes of love with them
— Chelsea Peretti (@chelseaperetti) March 25, 2020
Several Indian chefs and celebrities also expressed their sorrow over his demise and paid condolences to the chef’s family:
It is sad to share that chef floyd Cardozo @floydcardoz is no more. He has been an inspiration to many and I was hoping to cook with him some day.Falling to #covid19 just goes to show that this threat is very real so everyone please take care of yourselves. RIP cheffie. #corona pic.twitter.com/f4eQeMw4E4
— Kunal Kapur (@ChefKunalKapur) March 25, 2020
Can't believe this. 🙁
— Saransh Goila (@SaranshGoila) March 25, 2020
RIP. Floyd Cardoz. Will cherish the meal you made for us at your restaurant “Paowala” at Spring Street. NY. And several times at the “Bombay Canteen” (Phoenix Mills) and “O’Pedro”(BKC) all in Mumbai.
— Rishi Kapoor (@chintskap) March 25, 2020
RIP @Floyd Cardoz legendary chef who taught Americans to respect Indian food with Tabla & who transformed the Mumbai restaurant scene with @bombaycanteen & @OPedroMumbai.
I interviewed him three weeks ago & still can’t believe he’s gone https://t.co/dErOCxSIPf
— vir sanghvi (@virsanghvi) March 25, 2020
Shocked to hear the passing away of @floydcardoz Apart from enjoying sterling meals at his various restaurants in New York & Bombay, he was a wonderful man – always warm, gracious and funny. Any pandemic always gets more ominous when you know those who have succumbed. RIP Floyd.
— Rahul Bose (@RahulBose1) March 25, 2020
RIP chef https://t.co/rdcWZYm26P
— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) March 25, 2020
So so sad. RIP #FloydCardoz 🙏 https://t.co/mZbb0qLa4b
— Tisca Chopra (@tiscatime) March 25, 2020
RIP Chef Floyd.