Noted chef and entrepreneur Floyd Cardoz passed away on Wednesday, 25 March, at a hospital in New York; he had been diagnosed as positive for Covid-19 after complaining of a fever.
The Hunger Inc (the parent company that runs Cardoz's business ventures), issued a statement confirming the news:
"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 25 March 25, in New Jersey, USA.
He is survived by his mother Beryl, wife Barkha and sons Justin and Peter.
Floyd tested positive for Covid 19, in USA, on 18 March and was being treated for the same at Mountainside Medical Centre, New Jersey, USA."
On 18 March, Cardoz had put up an Instagram post stating that he returned to New York from Mumbai on 8 March and since he was "feeling feverish", as a precautionary measure, had decided to admit himself into a hospital in New York.
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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
A few days ago, a statement by The Hunger Inc confirming the news of Cardoz's diagnosis, noted that the Health Department in Mumbai was informed 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," the statement had read.
Chef Floyd Cardoz was the co-founder and culinary director of popular and acclaimed restaurants like The Bombay Canteen, O Pedro, and Bombay Sweet Shop. He also received accolades for his New York restaurant The Bombay Bread Bar.
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Updated Date: Mar 25, 2020 20:00:06 IST