Celebrated Indian chef Floyd Cardoz, the culinary director of Hunger Inc, the company that runs three restaurants in Mumbai, and a venerated chef globally, has passed away in New Jersey.
Recently, we had reported that chef Floyd – the co-founder of The Bombay Canteen, O Pedro and recently launched, Bombay Sweet Shop – had been diagnosed with Covid-19 and was battling the disease in a hospital in the US. There was quite a lot of confusion with respect to the chef’s condition as the team here in Mumbai remained tight-lipped, finally confirming the news of him testing positive through a statement released on March 19. We had recently met him at the launch of his third venture, the Bombay Sweet Shop.
Confirming the news of chef Floyd’s untimely and unfortunate demise, a spokesperson for Hunger Inc. Hospitality, in a statement released on March 25, said, “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 March 25, 2020 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 March 18th and was being treated for the same at Mountainside Medical Centre, New Jersey, USA.”
Floyd was respected and held in high regard by all in the industry because of the ingenuity he brought into the F&B space with his brands. Veteran restaurateur and president of the National Restaurants Association India (NRAI), Anurag Katriar echoes this when he says, “What made Floyd so special was the way he re-interpreted simple Indian food and the role he played in making it cool. I regret not making it to the fifth anniversary event they held at The Bombay Canteen on March 1. All I can think about at this moment, is the way he would egg us on and say, ‘Eat man, eat.’ I am a little out of words, because of how close this pandemic feels now. It’s quite scary.”
Saransh Goila, one of India’s most popular chefs, too, remembers chef Floyd fondly. “I have known chef for a long time, especially because we studied about him in college at IHM, Aurangbad, alongside other globally renowned chefs. He was a legendary chef and honestly, I grew up watching and admiring him, so meeting him in person was a dream come true. I was fortunate to meet him many times, including last month, when he was in Mumbai. The best part about him was that he took a keen interest in the young crop of chefs in India and that’s why he was able to create a brand like The Bombay Canteen. He might have gone, but has left behind a huge legacy,” Goila said.
We send the team at Hunger Inc and chef Floyd’s family, our deepest condolences, love and strength.