9th July 2018
Atul Kochhar is no longer employed by Benares’, according to a statement from the one-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair.
The former chef-patron, who was fired by Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in June after he sent a series of allegedly anti-Islamic tweets Kochar has been replaced by executive chef Brinder Narula. Prior to Benares he co-led the brigade at the Michelin starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana in London and at Oberoi, India’s leading luxury hotel group.
It is currently unclear if Kochhar was fired or left of his own accord.
The parting of ways leaves three UK restaurants in the chef’s portfolio – Sindhu in Marlow, Hawkyns in Amersham, and Indian Essence in Bromley, Greater London.
He is also believed to be looking to expand into Birmingham. The venture was originally slated to open at the Mailbox shopping complex, however these plans were dropped last month after several months.
Kochhar’s controversial tweets in June were in response to Priyanka Chopra’s role in the American TV action series Quantico, following an episode which featured a terrorist plot devised by a group of Hindu nationalists. The episode proved anger from many, prompting Chopra to later apologise.
Following the release of the episode, Kochhar tweeted: “It’s sad to see that you [Chopra] have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on You.”