The famed chef, 59, who won Season 3 of Top Chef Masters, died today one week after being admitted to the hospital with a fever after returning home from India. Cardoz was behind critically acclaimed New York City restaurants Tabla and Bombay Bread Bar. Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi paid tribute to Cardoz via Instagram. "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," she wrote. "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."