Floyd Cardoz Bio – Wiki
Floyd Cardoz was an India-born American chef noted for his respective ownership and executive chef tenures at the New York City eateries Poowalla and Tabla as well as his victory on Top Chef Masters on the Food Network.
He was born on 20 October 1960 in Mumbai, India. Cardoz died on 25 March 2020 from COVID-19 at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, New Jersey at the age of 59.
Raised in Mumbai, India, Cardoz went to Les Roches culinary school in Switzerland before coming to New York City.
He was the executive chef at Tabla, the pioneering modern Indian restaurant he opened with Danny Meyer in 1998, earning him multiple accolades and critical acclaim. He later helmed Meyer’s North End Grill, while he competed and won on Bravo’s third season of “Top Chef Masters.”
Cardoz later opened Pao Walla in New York City’s Soho neighborhood and followed that up with Bombay Bread Bar, which closed last year.
Cardoz also had restaurants in Mumbai — Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and Bombay Sweet Shop.
The chef was the author of two cookbooks: “One Spice, Two Spice: American Food, Indian Flavors” (2006) and “Floyd Cardoz: Flavorwalla: Big Flavor. Bold Spices. A New Way to Cook the Foods You Love” (2016).
The chef featured as a contestant on “TCM” for several episodes in 2011. He also starred on “Iron Chef America,” “After Hours with Daniel Boulud,” “Reservations Required,” “Worst Cooks in America,” “Big Morning Buzz Live,” as well as appearances on talk shows like “Rachel Ray.”
Wife & Children
He married his wife Barkha Cardoz. They have 2 children name Justin Cardoz and Peter Cardoz.
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Dies of Coronavirus
Cardoz admitted himself to the hospital on March 17 after feeling feverish.
He had recently returned from India, where he was filming the Netflix series, “Ugly Delicious” with actor Aziz Ansari. He posted a selfie on Instagram that day.
The 59-year-old co-founder of Hunger Inc. Hospitality, that runs the Mumbai restaurants, tested positive for Covid-19 in the USA on March 18 and was being treated at the Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey. Cardoz had traveled from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8.
The culinary star, committed to making the food industry more sustainable, began his hospitality training in his native Mumbai. He later moved to Switzerland, where he honed his skills in French, Italian and Indian cuisine before moving on to the kitchens of New York City.