JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai has terminated chef Atul Kochhar's contract at the hotel after his tweet that has outraged and offended many people and has resulted in a social media storm in the UAE.
Atul Kochhar, who heads Rang Mahal, recently came under fire for his tweet showing negative sentiments towards Islam in response to Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra.
Dear @atulkochhar could you clarify the tweet you made. So are Muslims in Dubai better because they pay you for your food? 2000 years of terrorizing Hindus, can you give some concrete examples please? As you’ve offended many people. pic.twitter.com/RucOWLZ0mX— Hasan Patel (@Hasanpatel) June 10, 2018
The restaurant has already been removed from the JW Marriot Marquis website.
In an emailed statement, JW Marriott Marquis general manager Bill Keffer told HotelierMiddleEast.com that “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.”
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.— JW Marriott Marquis (@JWDubaiMarquis) June 11, 2018
The hotel has since issued a comment condemning the remarks. The statement read: “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.”
Kochhar also issued an apology tweet say recognising “inaccuracies” in his comment and stating that he’s not Islamophobic.
There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.— Atul Kochhar (@atulkochhar) June 11, 2018
He has since issued a second apology on Twitter.