Scott Eirinberg and Chef Troy MacLarty
It could have been fate that brought Scott Eirinberg and Chef Troy MacLarty together. Scott stumbled on Troy MacLarty’s restaurant in Portland, Oregon, which was decorated from floor to ceiling with memorabilia and trinkets from India. Black and white family photos, religious statues and funky chandeliers were everywhere. Even the food was served on traditional steel plates.
Chef MacLarty was serving beautifully prepared Indian street food. Scott had dahi papri chaat, a kind of Indian nachos, and kati rolls, something like an Indian burrito. The food was so extraordinary that he went back the next day for more. It wasn’t long before the two started brainstorming about creating a home version of his Indian masala mixes using fresh spices from India. Scott still wonders: was it fate that brought the pair together, or the kati rolls?