Chef Hemant Mathur
Haldi, NYC

Tulsi restaurant's co-owner and chef, Hemant Mathur, is known as one of the country's top tandoor masters, and uses heaping bags of local fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers' markets to prepare truly authentic-tasting Indian dishes. Formerly of Devi Restaurant in NYC, Chef Mathur came to the United States from his hometown of Jaipur, India, and insists that fresh produce is the key to recapturing the taste of Indian dishes like those from his homeland. His signature style is a passion for the authentic flavors of his youth combined with bringing a new level of sophistication and innovation to Indian food in America. Garnering favorable reviews and attention from such media as The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, New York Observer, Time Out New York, and Bon Appetit, Mathur's former restaurant was awarded a Michelin one-star rating for 2008 and 2007 - the only Michelin-star Indian restaurant in the country.