Executive Chef Eric McCarthy Elevates Tulsi’s Food Program, Earning 5th Consecutive Michelin Star
New York City’s Tulsi is proud to announce their fifth consecutive Michelin Star recognition, the first Star under new Executive Chef Eric McCarthy. Chef McCarthy, who joined the Tulsi team in November of 2014, attributes this success to his unique take on Indian cuisine and his passion for cooking.
Chef McCarthy is no stranger to the Michelin Star recognition. Before arriving at Tulsi, McCarthy earned four subsequent Michelin Star recognitions during his tenure at Tamarind Tribeca, beginning in 2011. His most recent Michelin recognition at Tulsi, also being is fifth, continues to establish his reputation as one of New York City’s premiere Indian Chefs.
Originally from the Portuguese-colonized Indian province of Goa, McCarthy largely credits his success in the culinary world to his Goan roots. “Every meal in Goa is a feast. Goans love to cook, they love to eat – and this is where my love of cooking comes from,” he explains. Beginning as just a hobby, Chef McCarthy realized his passion for cooking at a young age, and decided to turn his pastime into a career.
At Tulsi, Chef McCarthy continues to use only traditional indian methods of cooking, derived from his childhood memories in Goa. “When I’m looking for inspiration, I think of the days I spent watching my neighbors, my mother, and my grandmother cook in Goa. I’ll remember the techniques they used to cook a dish and think, ‘Hey, let’s try that here.’” These techniques, such as using cookware made from parts of the coconut tree to impart unique flavors into a dish, are what places Chef McCarthy in a class all his own.
Tulsi’s faithful patrons, as well as co-owners Vijay Rao and Manoj Barot, are elated to have him on the team going into his second year. “We have always been proud of our accomplishments at Tulsi, but Chef McCarthy has truly elevated the restaurant’s food program” says Vijay. Manoj adds that “Chef possesses exceptional skill, and we’re proud to have him in our kitchen.”
In addition to the Michelin Star recognition, Chef McCarthy’s other accolades include the New York Times 3-Star Rating, Taste Asia’s Best Tandoori Chicken in NY, and becoming a Finalist on the Food Network show Chopped, among others.