Coronavirus: US TV chef Floyd Cardoz dies aged 59 of deadly bug
US TV chef Floyd Cardoz died aged 59 of coronavirus amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Top Chef Masters winner was found dead following complications brought on by the killer virus at Mountainside Medical Centre, in New Jersey on Wednesday.
It’s been a week since the cook was admitted into hospital last Wednesday with a fever.
Floyd tested positive for coronavirus following his hospitalisation.
In his last Instagram message, the TV chef expressed his anxieties about his health from his hospital bed last week.
The TV personality snapped a selfie while he donned a hospital gown to accompany his message.
Floyd described his hospital trip as a “precautionary measure” after he was “feeling feverish”.
In his final public note, he wrote to his fans: “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.
“I was hugely anxious about my state of health and my post was highly irresponsible causing panic in several quarters. I returned to New York on March 8th via Frankfurt.”
His last journey had seen him return to New York City on March 8 from Mumbai via Frankfurt before falling ill with the virus.
The chef had recently opened The Bombay Canteen and Bombay Sweet Shop in Mumbai, India.
Floyd made his mark on the culinary industry in New York City where he set up Indian restaurant Tabla with his partner Danny Meyer in 1997.
Later, he found success with his other projects North End Grill, Paowalla and Bombay Bread Bar.
Floyd rose to the staggering heights of fame on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters season three in 2011 where he scooped the trophy.
Celeb tributes poured in for the chef following his tragic death of coronavirus.
Bravo and The Top Chef said in a statement to PEOPLE : “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.”
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi wrote on Instagram: “Floyd made us all so proud. Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was.
“He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch.
“This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for the Indians everywhere.”