Michelin-star Indian chef sacked in Dubai over anti-Islamic tweet

Angelo Anderson
June 14, 2018

"We are aware of the comments made by chef Atul Kochhar", it said on Twitter.

A five-star hotel in Dubai has sacked famous worldwide chef of Indian-origin Atul Kochhar after he tweeted that followers of Islam had "terrorised" Hindus for 2,000 years. Scroll for official statement. Both Priyanka Chopra and ABC (the network that airs Quantico) had issued separate apologies in wake of the backlash.

The brouhaha started when Kochhar slammed Priyanka Chopra for not "respecting sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam for 2000 years", adding "Shame on You". With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant and the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. "The management said that the hotel neither, ".shares his [Kochhar] views nor is it a representation of the culture of diversity and inclusion that we pride ourselves on at the hotel". "We also remain committed to delivering the traditional culinary experience and high service standards that Rang Mahal is renowned for", Keffer further said. In the episode, Hindu nationalists were portrayed as terrorists.

Kochhar said in a statement: "The decision by JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is deeply upsetting, however I fully accept the great pain I have caused and the hard position the hotel has been put in".


Mr Kochhar, in another apology tweet made in wee hours today, wrote: This could neither salvage the situation and nor did it calm Twitter users down.

"I have great respect for JW Marriott and in particular their staff in Dubai and wish the hotel well for the future". Kochhar is regarded by many as the chef who took Indian fine-dining to the West, carving a niche for modern Indian cuisine and inverting the idea of Indian food as greasy takeaway. Some called for his sacking while others called for boycott of the restaurant. His tweet on the issue was deemed Islamophobic by many social media users.

As soon as the "offence tweet" attracted criticism, Kochhar deleted it and posted an apology acknowledging that he made a "major error in the heat of the moment". On Tuesday, he tweeted: "I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise".

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