A Dubai hotel has cut ties with celebrity chef Atul Kochhar for his ‘anti-Islam’ tweet that caused outrage.The Michelin-starred chef operated the award-winning Rang Mahal India restaurant at Dubai’s JW Marriot Marquis Hotel.Bill Keffer, the general manager of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel was quoted saying by Gulf News: “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.”The statement further said: “At the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai we pride ourselves on creating a culture of diversity and inclusion for our guests and associates across the hotel and our restaurants. We also remain committed to delivering the traditional culinary experience and high service standards that Rang Mahal is renowned for.”Atul Kochhar, a Michelin-Star chef well known 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, the Khaleej Times reported.Also readThis is real intolerance: Twitter after celebrity chef Atul Kocchar apologises for ‘anti-Islam’ tweetRead: Twitter outraged after celebrity Atul Kocchar apologises for ‘anti-Islam’ tweet”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),” Kochhar tweeted. He later deleted the tweet and apologised for the “major error” that was “made in the heat of the moment on Sunday”, the paper said.Also readIndian-origin chef Atul Kochhar in UAE posts ‘anti-Islam’ tweet, trigger calls for his sacking”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,” Kochhar tweeted yesterday.Read: ABC issues apology The anti-Islam tweet created a furore on social media, with twitterati calling for firing the chef. Popular commentator and Arab journalist Khaled Almaeena tweeted: “You (Kochhar) have offended me..As a person who loves India its people no matter what their caste or creed. As a secular and liberal, it truly is a horror statement.” Some said they would boycott the restaurant. “Chef celebrity showed his true colours. I won’t eat here after reading the racist tweets by the head chef,” a UAE resident posted on his Facebook page.”I have cancelled my wedding anniversary meal for next month at your restaurant. You knew exactly what you meant as you tweeted that message,” another Twitter user added.With inputs from agencies
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Dubai hotel fires celebrity Indian-origin chef Atul Kochhar for ‘anti-Islam’ tweet