Sad news from the global foodservice community, noted chef and restaurateur Floyd Cardoz, 59, died on March 25th from suspected coronavirus infection, according to media reports.

Cardoz posted on Instagram on March 17 that he had checked himself into a hospital in New York City after feeling feverish. He noted that he had returned to New York on March 8 after being in Mumbai, where he ran the restaurants Bombay Canteen and O Pedro.

Hunger Inc., the parent company of Cardoz’s restaurants in India, confirmed on March 17 that the chef had been admitted to the hospital with a viral fever.

Cardoz was a major player in the New York City restaurant world, teaming up with Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group in the late 1990s on fine-dining Indian restaurant Tabla. The restaurant earned three stars from The New York Times.

Cardoz also used his winnings from an appearance on reality show Top Chef Masters to start a cancer research fund to encourage young people to get into science and went on to host annual fundraising dinners for the foundation.

Cardoz was born and raised in Bombay and trained as a biochemist before realising his passion for cooking.