Cardoz is survived by his mother Beryl, his wife and business partner, Barkha, whom he met at hospitality school in India, and their two sons, Peter, 27, and Justin, 22.
Cardoz flew to the U.S. from Mumbai on 8 March via Frankfurt, according to his last Instagram post dated 18 March, in which he said that he was "feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital". "Mr. Cardoz flew back to NY from Mumbai via Frankfurt on March 8, 2020", the company said. "I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post". Hospitality, on 25 March 25, in New Jersey, USA.
Cardoz, who grew up in Bombay, now Mumbai, owned The Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and Bombay Sweet Shop. In her review of Tabla for the New York Times, critic Ruth Reichl wrote: "This is American food, viewed through a kaleidoscope of Indian spices".
Days ago, Cardoz posted an Instagram showing himself in the hospital.
"I am shocked and so sad", said TV chef and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey.
The company noted that Cardoz was in Mumbai, India, with comedian Aziz Ansari to film their show, Ugly Delicious. Padma Lakshmi was one of the first to share a post in his honor, writing in part, "He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch". It was simply a gathering of people that the TBC team felt had encouraged them in their remarkable five-year journey - friends, well-wishers, their families and friends.
The Mumbai-born chef, 59, is remembered as a pioneer for fine-dining Indian fare and changed New York City's restaurant scene with his critically acclaimed spots Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar (formerly Pao Walla). He also won Top Chef Masters Season 3 in 2011. "RIP cheffie. #corona", Kapur wrote.
Bravo also issued a statement via its Twitter account for "Top Chef Masters": "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". "Top Chef" also celebrated Floyd, sharing a social media tribute that read in part, "He was thoughtful, kind and his smile illuminated a room". 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.