Renowned chef and culinary director of Mumbai’s famous Bombay Canteen, Floyd Cardoz, succumbed to the novel coronavirus on Wednesday (March 25) in the United States.
“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. He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter,” the spokesperson of Hunger Inc. Hospitality, the company behind Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and Bombay Sweet Shop said.
According to a statement by Hunger Inc, the 59-year-old chef was on March 18 admitted to the Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey after he tested positive for COVID-19.
“As a precautionary measure, we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai about the same. 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 self-quarantine. Mr. Cardoz flew back to New York from Mumbai via Frankfurt on March 8, 2020,” the company said.
Passing his condolences, Journalist Rajdeep Sardesai tweeted, “Tragic news. Floyd Cardoz the world renowned chef – with his own Restaurants in New York – Chez Floyd, then lately Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and restaurants in Bombay and Goa has succumbed to the Corona virus in New Jersey RIP.”
The Bombay Canteen has repeatedly been named one of the best in the country under Cardoz’s direction. He has also been nominated for multiple James Beard awards and authored Flavourwalla and One Spice Two Spice.