Michelin-starred chef sacked over 'Islamophobic' tweet


Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar has been facing the wrath of social media users and is being accused of "racism", "bigotry" and "Islamophobia" ever since he wrote an inflammatory tweet to actress Priyanka Chopra.

A Dubai hotel has terminated its contract with the Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar after he tweeted that followers of Islam had "terrorised" Hindus for 2,000 years. Scroll for official statement.

Kochhar was one of the people who trolled and attacked Priyanka Chopra and ABC, the makers of the show, online because of the episode. "With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant", Bill Keffer, the general manager of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel was quoted saying by Gulf News. "We also remain committed to delivering the traditional culinary experience and high service standards that Rang Mahal is renowned for." he added.

Meanwhile, JW Marriott issued a clarification distancing itself from the Chef's comments. He caused a furore after taking a dig at Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra over an episode in American television series "Quantico" that purportedly portrayed Hindu nationalists as terrorists.

In another apology tweet made in wee hours of Wednesday, Kochhar wrote, "I would like to apologise unreservedly to my Muslim friends, the Islamic community and everyone I have offended with my recent tweets". Kochhar later retracted his tweet and apologised.

On Monday, Kochhar issued what appeared to be an apology, claiming that his tweet the previous day was "a major error made in the heat of the moment".

"Following the recent comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him for Rang Mahal". "We would like to stress that we do not share the same views as stated in the remark, nor is it a representation of the culture of diversity and inclusion that we pride ourselves on at the hotel".

Some residents have said that they would boycott the restaurant.

Meanwhile, reacting to his sacking, Kochhar told Khaleej Times newspaper that the decision was 'deeply upsetting.' He said, "The decision by JW Marriott Maquis is deeply upsetting, however I fully accept the great pain I have caused and the hard position the hotel has been put in".