Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar loses job at JW Marriott Dubai after his anti-Islam tweet draws criticism

Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 13, 2018, 04.42 PM (IST)

Celebrity Indian chef Atul Kochhar has gotten himself embroiled in a raging controversy due to his offensive tweet on Islam. 

Kochhar has been drawing a lot of criticism over his tweet to Priyank Chopra over her controversial show Quantico. Priyanka had issued an apology last week over an episode of her show that had shown 'Indian Nationalists' as a terrorist. In reply to Chopra's apology, Kochhar wrote, "It's sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you.(Sic)"

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The tweet instantly drew in attention for its derogatory tone and Kochhar was called out for it. While Kochhar did issue an apology soon after, the Internet wasn't yet ready to forgive him.

Now the JW Marriott, Dubai has issued a statement stating that they have decided to end their agreement with him for one of their restaurants called Rang Mahal. 

"Following the recent comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him for Rang Mahal. With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant," Bill Keffer, general manager of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, reportedly told Gulf News Tabloid in an e-mail.

The tweet has been taken down by Kochhar and he issued an apology on 11th June saying, "There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday.  I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise.  I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many." 


While his ardent supporters and followers feel that he should not be attacked since he has apologised, others feel Kochhar was compelled to issue an apology due to his association with the five-star hotel in Dubai. Many have also threatened Kochhar that they would not be visiting his London restaurant 'The Benaras' following his anti-Islam tweet.