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Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz has died

The celebrity chef had recently contracted the Covid-19 virus.

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Fans of hit US cooking show Top Chef Masters will be devastated to learn of the death of former contestant Floyd Cardoz aged just 59.

The celebrity chef won the third season of the programme back in 2011 when he successfully battled eleven other competitors through nineteen tasks to be crowned the season winner.

Cardoz’s death will come as a shock to many. The popular chef had recently revealed in an Instagram post that he had been hospitalised in New York after suffering from a fever. Soon after, the company that owns his restaurants – The Hunger Inc – announced that Cardoz had been diagnosed with Covid-19.

The release stated that Cardoz had flew to New York early in March from Mumbai (including a stop at Frankfurt, Germany) and confirmed that the Mumbai health department had been informed of the coronavirus diagnosis. The statement went on to urge anyone who may be suffering from the Covid-19 symptoms of a persistent, dry cough, fever and shortness of breath to seek medical advice and self-isolate.

Heartfelt tributes have covered social media:

Cardoz was born in Mumbai in 1960 before moving to New York where he opened several restaurants, the first being the Manhattan-based Tabla in 1997. Others followed, including Paowalla, Bombay Bread Bar and North End Grill. His skills helped to bring Indian cuisine to the city.

Later, he launched businesses including Bombay Sweet Shop and The Bombay Canteen in India.

Cardoz is survived by his mother, his wife Barkha and their two sons, Justin and Peter.

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