Floyd Cardoz was a renowned chef of Indian descent based in New York. On March 25, 2020, he died in a New Jersey hospital; since he was infected with the Coronavirus disease.
Floyd was born on Sunday, October 2, 1960 (59 years old at the time of death), in Mumbai. Her zodiac sign is Libra. He studied at St. Andrews High School, Mumbai, and St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai. He then attended the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai. He then completed a course from Les Roches Bluche, Switzerland.
Height (approx.): 5 ′ 7 ″
Eye color: Black
Hair color: Salt pepper
Family, caste and wife
Her mother’s name is Beryl Cardoz. He was married to Barkha Cardos, who was also his business partner. The couple have two sons, Peter Cardoz and Justin Cardoz.
He had started his career as a chef de partie (station chef) at Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces in Mumbai.
He then worked as a second chef at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai. Later, he moved to New York and began working as a chef de partie at Beech & Bamboo in New York. In 1997, he collaborated with restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and opened a restaurant, ‘Tabla’ in New York. In 2010, the restaurant closed; since it failed to attract more customers.
In 2011, he participated as a contestant on Season 3 of ‘Top Chef Masters’ and stood out as the winner of the show. In 2012, he partnered with Mayer and opened a ‘North End Grill’ restaurant in New York. It was one of the most popular eating spots in Manhattan, New York, and after almost six years the restaurant closed. He was a co-founder of the hotel company, ‘Hunger Inc.’ along with Sameer Seth and Thomas Zacharias. In 2016, he founded the famous restaurant ‘Paowalla’, which was later renamed ‘Bombay Bread Bar’. He had opened his own restaurants in Mumbai called ‘The Bombay Canteen’, ‘Bombay Sweet Shop’ and ‘O Pedro’.
On March 8, 2020, he traveled to New York from Mumbai via Frankfurt Airport. After landing in New York, he began to feel feverish, later, he was diagnosed with COVID-19. He was hospitalized at Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey. After suffering from COVID-19 for more than 15 days, he passed away on March 25, 2020.
Facts / Trivia
- He was the author of the books “Once Spice, Two Spice” and “Flavorwalla”.
- He was nominated four times for the James Beard Foundation Award.
- After winning the third season of ‘Top Chef Masters’ in 2011, he used his winning amount of $ 110,000 to support the Cancer Research Fund for Young Scientists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.
- In an interview in 2017, he shared why he chose chef as a profession, he said,
He wanted to be a biochemist. Then I read “Hotel” by Arthur Hailey. This is a lot of fun, because I used to love food when I was a kid. Then I started cooking and realized that I was really good at it. “