World renowned chef, Floyd Cardoz died of coronavirus infection in a hospital of New York City on Wednesday. According to the sources, the co-owner of Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, was tested positive for COVID-19 on 18 March 2020.
The 59-year-old chef had updated on his Instagram last week that he was feeling unwell. He was admitted to the hospital due to fever as a “precautionary measure” against the on-going flu season.
Later, The Hunger Inc, the brand behind the chef’s restaurants released a statement confirming that the restaurateur-chef was diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.
“As a precautionary measure, we have informed the Health Department in Mumbai 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 have indicated any symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) and or (put themselves in) self-quarantine,” it said.
With Cardoz,the number of casualties of the COVID-19 in New York has gone up to 25,665 positive cases, with at least 157 deaths, according to a report by the New York Times.
The Mumbai-based Goan chef had recently launched his third venture in India, called the Bombay Sweet Shop. Cardoz and Bombay Canteen, as well as the executive called Thomas Zacharias, were recently featured on an episode of Ugly Delicious from Netflix. The chef was also nominated multiple times for James Beard awards. He has also written two popular cookbooks, called Flavourwalla
and One Spice Two Spice.
It is a great loss to the culinary world!
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