Michelin-star Chef Hemant Mathur is one of the nation’s top Tandoor masters. Referred to as the “Yo-Yo Ma of tandoor cooking,” he is a virtuoso whose instrument is the traditional Indian clay oven. The first Indian chef in the U.S. to be awarded a Michelin star, he obtained this prestigious award at two New York City restaurants: Devi and Tulsi. Most recently, in 2015, he became both the Executive Chef and co-owner of six Indian eateries in New York City. He oversaw the kitchen and menus, creating signature dishes and specials inspired by each venue’s regional focus.