Quantico row: Dubai hotel cuts ties with chef Atul Kochhar after Islamophobic tweet against Priyanka Chopra

Quantico row: Dubai hotel cuts ties with chef Atul Kochhar after Islamophobic tweet against Priyanka Chopra

The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, in Dubai, insulated with celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, over a commotion over a tweet which somehow offended the Priyanka Chopra-starring TV show Quantico.

Among Priyanka’s critics was chef Atul Kochhar, posted on Social media (tweeter), which later was deleted by him, “It is sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you.

He posted an apology note on the social media saying, “There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. I fully recognize my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologize. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many”.

Atul Kochhar, being the owner of ‘Michelin-starred Benares restaurant’ in the swish Mayfair area of London, is also the owner of ‘the Rang Mahal restaurant’ in the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai.

Kochhar posted again on tweeter, in which he expressed regret over hurting his Muslim friends and the Islamic community, as well as for letting his colleagues down.

Bill Keffer, general manager of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, replied saying, “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,”

Keffer 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”.

by Sawan Kumar on July 9, 2018

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