New York: Chef Floyd Cardoz, who competed in Top Chef, won Top Chef Masters and operated successful restaurants in both India and New York, died on Wednesday of complications from the coronavirus, his company said in a statement. He was 59.

Cardoz had traveled from Mumbai to New York through Frankfurt, Germany, on March 8. He was admitted a week ago to Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey, with a fever and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, the statement said.

The committed advocate of making the food industry more sustainable began his hospitality training in his native Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. He later moved to Switzerland, where he honed his skills in French, Italian and Indian cuisine before moving on to the kitchens of New York City.

He was the co-owner of two popular restaurants in Mumbai, Bombay Canteen and O Pedro, and had recently launched his third venture, the Bombay Sweet Shop.

Cardoz had been in Mumbai, where he was born, till March 8 and had informed on social media on March 18 that he had admitted himself to a hospital in New York, where he lived, as he felt feverish.

He was trained as a biochemist before he discovered his real passion - in a restaurant kitchen and had moved to New York after attending culinary school in Switzerland.

Cardoz's death was mourned by famous friends in both the restaurant and television industries.

Cardoz was a four-time James Beard Award nominee. He was the author of two cookbooks, Once Spice, Two Spice and Flavorwalla. In 2008, he launched a line of ready-to-cook entrees in collaboration with the online grocer Fresh Direct.