Cardoz was admitted to the hospital with a fever last week and later tested positive for coronavirus.
Famed chef Floyd Cardoz died on Wednesday at age 59 due to coronavirus at New Jersey's Mountainside Medical Centre, a spokesperson for his Hunger Inc. Hospitality group tells The Hollywood Reporter.
"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," a statement from Cardoz's company read. "He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter. Floyd tested positive for Covid 19, in USA, on March 18 and was being treated for the same at Mountainside Medical Centre, New Jersey, USA."
Cardoz — who, in India, owned The Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and the Bombay Sweet Shop —was admitted to the hospital with a fever last week and later tested positive for coronavirus.
Not long after he was hospitalized, Cardoz took to Instagram to share more about his heh. "Sincere apologies everyone. I am sorry for causing undue panic around my earlier post. I was feeling feverish and hence as a precautionary measure, admitted myself into hospital in New York," he wrote, adding he "was hugely anxious about my state of heh."
Cardoz was known for winning Bravo's third season of Top Chef Masters in 2011. The network mourned his death in a statement that read, "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. He was an inspiration to chefs around the world and we offer our deepest sympathy to his family and friends."
Cardoz's career kicked off in his native Mumbai, where he attended culinary school and interned in the kitchen of the Taj Mahal Intercontinental Hotel. He also studied in Switzerland before taking his talents to New York. It was there that he made a name for himself as the executive chef of the popular restaurant Tabla, where he reinvented New Indian cuisine.
Cardoz later served as the executive chef of North End Grill, part of Danny Meyer's elite portfolio of restaurants under Union Square Hospitality. In 2019, he announced his new position as vp of culinary with the Estiatorio Milos Group.
Following the news of his death, several notable culinary figures took to social media to share their condolences.
"Love you so much @floydcardoz," Meyer wrote on Twitter, while Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tweeted, "@floydcardoz made us all so proud. Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. This is a huge loss..."
The U.S. is only behind China and Italy in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases, with 55,243 infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. More than 800 people have died.
SPOILER ALERT: This story includes details from tonight’s season finale of ABC’s The Good Doctor.
In tonight's Season 3 finale of The Good Doctor, the staff at St. Bonaventure Hospital continued sifting through the ruins of the massive earthquake that rocked San Jose—and as promised, not everyone on the ABC series made it out alive.
Several characters’ lives hung in the balance during the two-part finale, which began airing last week with Episode 19, “Hurt.” In the end, it was Dr. Neil Melendez Nicholas Gonzalez who didn’t make it, in a tragic twist of fate. In the penultimate episode, Melendez was knocked down by rubble, with what appeared to be only minor injuries. Continuing to aid the injured for as long as he could, Melendez ultimately ended up in a bed at St. Bonaventure, succumbing to a rapidly advancing case of ischemic bowel.
While the attending surgeon was tonight's only casualty among the principal cast, the events of Episode 20, “I Love You,” forecast a number of major changes to come in Season 4. Bonding with a dying young man in the finale, Dr. Alex Park Will Yun Lee indicated at episode's end that he'll be moving away next season, to be closer with his family.
Then, there's Dr. Morgan Reznick Fiona Gubelmann, a surgeon who grappled with a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis for much of Season 3, hiding the news from her superiors. Enduring a dramatic surgery late in the season in hopes of saving her hands—and her career—Reznick performs surgery while still healing in the finale, sacrificing her ability to work in that space, in order to save a life at a time when no one else is available to help.
Finally, there's Dr. Shaun Murphy Freddie Highmore, the young surgeon with Savant syndrome, who saves the life of a woman impaled by steel rebar, while reeling from the rejection of his longtime love interest Lea Paige Spara. Coming to grips with Lea's decision while dealing with a life-or-death crisis, Shaun is surprised to find Lea waiting for him once he emerges from the depths of a destroyed brewery, kissing him passionately and telling him, “You make me more.”
So, what will the events of tonight's finale mean for the next season of The Good Doctor? In an interview with Deadline, series creator/executive producer David Shore broke down the emotional finale, explained why Melendez had to die and teased what's to come in Season 4 and the fates of Park and Reznick. A showrunner with a long history in medical television who also created Fox’s House, Shore also touched on the still-unfolding coronavirus epidemic, discussing the impact it would have on the direction of the next season, and on the future of television at large.