Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar sacked over anti-Islam tweet

Chef Atul Kochhar

Chef Atul Kochhar

The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai announced that it had sacked Atul Kochhar, the chef at the hotel's popular Rang Mahal restaurant, following his tweet criticising Islam Sunday. Scroll for official statement.

He was responding to an apology put out by actress Priyanka Chopra for the Quantico episode.

In his controversial tweet on Sunday, Kochhar had said, "It's sad to see that you (Priyanka) have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years".

The fallout from his tweet, which included threats to boycott his Dubai restaurant proved too much for the JW Marriott Marquis hotel which terminated its agreement with the chef. "With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant", Bill Keffer, general manager of the hotel, was quoted as 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.

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".

In light of his comments, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai issued a statement that said it was ending its association with Kochhar's Rang Mahal.

He later deleted the tweet and apologised for the "major error" that was "made in the heat of the moment".

On Monday, JW Marriot hotel took to Twitter to defend itself and also clarified its stand on Kochhar's comments. "I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many", he said. The second apology was issued after several social media users pointed out that Kochhar had only acknowledged that Islam was founded 1,400 years ago but had not apologised for his purported bigotry.

According to UAE social media laws, online comments promoting racism or factionalism, especially with regard to Islam and Muslims, constitute a criminal offence and Kochhar can be prosecuted in this regard. "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", the hotel tweeted.

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