Floyd Cardoz, the man behind acclaimed NYC restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar, has reportedly died as a result of the coronavirus, according to Indian news site Scroll.in. The Mumbai-born chef was 59.
Cardoz was admitted to a New York hospital last week, according to a recent post on his Instagram account, following his return from a trip to India on March 8. He told his followers that a fever had prompted him to see a doctor. A statement on social media from his hospitality group, The Hunger Inc., confirmed the news of his hospitalization March 17.
The eclectic chef and Season 3 winner of “Top Chef Masters” made his name with the groundbreaking Tabla, opened in 1998, as one of the few Indian fine-dining establishments in the city. In partnerships with Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group, the restaurant enjoyed an instant buzz after receiving three stars in the New York Times. Tabla closed in 2010 but remains one of the city’s most groundbreaking restaurants to this day, known especially for its bread.
Cardoz's death is a true tragedy for the dining world and 'Top Chef' fans everywhere, unfortunately it is unlikely to be the last tragic celebrity death that results from the rapidly unfolding pandemic.
I don’t want to believe this— Dave Chang (@davidchang) March 25, 2020
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