Famous Indian-American chef Floyd Cardoz dies of crown complications
The death occurred in New York City on Wednesday morning of Floyd Cardoz, the famous Indian-born chef, reportedly from complications after Covid infection19.
Floyd fell ill shortly after returning on March 8 from Mumbai, where he is co-owner of Bombay Canteen and O Pedro restaurants, and where he was also filming Season 2 of Ugly Delicious with comedian Aziz Ansari. He admitted to a New York hospital and posted the following message on Facebook on March 17: “Sincere apologies to everyone. I am sorry I caused undue panic in my previous post. I was feeling feverish and therefore, as a measure of Caution, I was admitted to hospital in New York. I was very anxious about my health and my position was very irresponsible causing panic in various sectors. I returned to New York on March 8th through Frankfurt. “
Floyd was 59 and from a demographic and ethnic group (from South Asia) known for his predisposition to heart disease, making Covid-19 even more deadly.
Floyd made his mark on the Big Apple in 1998 by opening, in partnership with American restaurateur Danny Meyer and the Union Square Hospitality group, the modernist Indian restaurant Tabla. It was the first high-end Indian restaurant in the United States to usher in a cuisine that was largely known for cheap, spicy food. “We got a lot of criticism because we didn’t have a $ 4.99 buffet,” he told this correspondent in an interview in 2005. “Until Tabla arrived, Indian food was seen as causing heartburn. We dispel a lot of preconceived notions and show that Indian food doesn’t have to be spicy. ”
In a more recent interview with this correspondent after winning a Top Chef award (for doing deliciously, of all things, upma), Cardoz related that his family did not want him to be a chef. He was heavily armed on a biochemistry course at St.Xavier College in Mumbai for some time before squeezing out and enrolling in a hospitality and hotel management course at a Pedder Road institute. He then took an advanced course in hotel management in Switzerland and returned to India and worked at Oberoi for two years. He moved to New York in 1988, where he wrestled at a small Indian restaurant near Columbia University before resting at Henry’s, a French restaurant near the Rockefeller Center.
Despite the critical acclaim it received, Tabla closed in 2010, mainly because it was too big with 280 seats on two levels, Cardoz said. She then founded North End Grill with Danny Meyer, but left society in 2014 when she decided, out of gastronomic persecution, that she wanted to make Indian food “as popular as Chipotle”. Meyer supported him and they remained friends.
On Wednesday, minutes after news of Cardoz’s death broke, Meyer tweeted, “I love you so much @floydcardoz.”