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'Top Chef' Star Chef Floyd Cardoz Dies From The Coronavirus At Age 59

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By Mike Walters

'Top Chef' Star and world-renowned chef Floyd Cardoz has died due to complications from the Coronavirus.

According to multiple reports, Cardoz died Wednesday inside Mountainside Medical Centre in New Jersey from complications from the deadly virus.

A spokesperson for Hunger Inc. Hospitality Group, who the chef worked with him the restaurant business, confirmed the death. The 'Top Chef Masters' winner was first hospitalized a week ago today with a fever, and tested positive for COVID-19.

In the last few days, his condition took a turn for the worst.

Photo Of Cardoz From Inside Of The Hospital...

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The chef updated his fans on Instagram after being hospitalized and even posted a photo of himself in the hospital bed. "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," he wrote.

Cardoz competed on Season 3 of 'Top Chef Masters' in 2011, and his co-stars and the network are shocked and saddened by his sudden passing.

Top Chef Star Passes After Being Hospitalized With Coronavirus...

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“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,” a spokesperson told People.

They continued, “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 address the tragic death on social media, saying, "Floyd Cardoz 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..."

Celebrities And Chefs Pay Tribute To The Chef, Including Padma Lakshmi

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She continued, the death is "not only for the professional food world but for Indians everywhere. My heart goes out to his wife Barkha and their whole family. RIP Floyd."

Andrew Zimmern addressed the death, saying, "I adored him. A great chef, groundbreaking in so many ways, a generous human, resilient of spirit and loved his family, his garden and our restaurant world so much. I’m stunned. I know what I’m eating tonight for dinner." The chef shared an article from his website where Floyd cooked crab and corn stirfry.

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

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