Bravo, Top Chef, host Padma Lakshmi took to Instagram to say, “I am beyond saddened to wake up today and hear the news of my dear friend @floydcardoz’s passing. Floyd made us all so proud. Nobody who lived in NY in the early aughts could forget how delicious and packed Tabla always was. He had an impish smile, an innate need to make those around him happy, and a delicious touch. This is a huge loss, not only for the professional food world, but for Indians everywhere. My heart goes out to his wife Barkha and their whole family. RIP.”
And fellow contestant Hugh Acheson took to twitter to say, “Floyd. You were a gem. You were an amazing human and chef. You were a father and husband full of love and grace. I am so sorry. I love you. Rest in Peace my friend.”
Cardoz was survived by his wife Barkha, whom he met in India at hospitality school, his two son’s Peter 27, Justin 22, and his mother Beryl.