A leading hotel in Dubai ended its association with celebrity chef Atul Kochhar on Wednesday following a controversy over his anti-Islam tweet, with the Michelin star winner saying the move was “deeply upsetting”.
Kochhar, 48, sparked outrage on social media by criticising actor Priyanka Chopra’s apology for an episode of the TV series Quantico that portrayed a Hindu nationalist group plotting a terror attack. His tweet on the issue was deemed Islamophobic by many social media users.
The chef apologised twice but JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai said it was cutting its ties with Kochhar, who operated the award-winning Rang Mahal restaurant at the hotel.
“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, said in a statement.
The second Indian to win a Michelin star told Gulf News that the hotel’s decision was “deeply upsetting” but he accepted the “great pain I have caused and the difficult position the hotel has been put in”. He added that he hoped “my friends and well-wishers in Dubai will forgive me and continue to support me”.
In a now-deleted tweet, Kochhar had responded to Chopra’s apology by saying, “It’s sad to see that you have no...