Dubai Hotel terminates the contract with Star Chef Atul Kocchar after his Anti-Islamic comments

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An Indian origin Michelin Star Chef Atul Kochhar who used to work in Dubai Hotel is now been dismissed due to his Islamophobic tweets which he made on twitter. Meanwhile, the Republic TV accessed the initial response from the hotel and they said, “Following the recent comments made by chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him for Rang Mahal.

Adding to it they also said, “at the JW Marriott arquis Hotel Dubai we pride ourselves in creating a culture of diversity and inclusion for our guests and associates across the hotel and our restaurants.”

With Kochhar’s tweet there came stream of controversies which led him to apologize in which he said, “I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.”

As per reports, the Chef Kochhar who is well known in Dubai for his Rang Mahal Indian restaurant at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel, received flak after taking a dig at Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra for her tweet over an episode in American television series ‘Quantico’ that purportedly portrayed Hindu nationalists as terrorists. He tweeted, “It’s sad to see that you (Priyanka) have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on You (sic)”. With this he started getting problems so on sunday he deleted these tweet and apologized to the sentiments that were hurted.

On tuesday, he tweeted, “There is no justification for my tweet … I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded round 1400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.”

The tweet which was anti-Islam got on high fire for him creating various criticisms for himself as well as for the hotel. UAE resident posted on his Facebook page, ” “Chef celebrity showed his true colours. I won’t eat here after reading the racist tweets by the head chef.” The twitterati was also calling for firing the chef and some even said they would boycott the restaurant.

Another twitter user added his comments, “I have cancelled my wedding anniversary meal for next month at your restaurant. You knew exactly what you meant as you tweeted that message.”

On Monday, however the hotel JW Marriott, distancing themselves from the comments tweeted that , “We are aware of the comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar. 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.”

He came on The Big Debate to apologise for his remarks.


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