Dubai Hotel JW Marriott Marquis terminates contract with Atul Kochhar for ‘anti-Islam’ tweet

Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel has terminated its agreement with the head chef of the Rang Mahal Indian restaurant following his “anti-Islam”tweet on June 10. Atul Kochhar, a person of Indian origin, had criticised actor Priyanka Chopra for an episode of her television drama Quantico that showed a Hindu terrorist plotting an attack in Manhattan with the intention of blaming it on Pakistan. “It is sad to see that you [Chopra] have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam [for] over 2,000 years”. He deleted the tweet later and apologised, but a screenshot of it went viral on Twitter. The Michelin-starred chef operated the award-winning Rang Mahal Indian restaurant at Dubai’s JW Marriott Marquis Hotel. On Tuesday, the hotel announced it had ended its agreement with Kochhar. “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 Dubai said in an emailed statement. According to the hotel, the restaurant will continue to operate without the chef’s affiliation.
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