Dubai-based Indian chef apologizes following tweet on Islam

Chef Atul Kochhar poses at his Benares restaurant in Mayfair, central London, January 21, 2015. (Reuters)

An Indian Michelin-star chef, and the man behind Dubai restaurant Rang Mahal, has apologized following remarks about Islam that stirred a controversy.

Responding to a row surrounding Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra appearing in a Quantico episode, Kochhar tweeted: “It’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you.”

Kochhar tweeted: “It’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you.” (Screengrab)

Kochhar tweeted: “It’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you.” (Screengrab)

His comments led to an outcry with people slamming him for getting facts wrong as well as showing a religious bias despite working in an Arab country.

In a Facebook post, Irena Akbar wrote: “This celebrity chef runs a fancy restaurant (Rang Mahal, JW Marriott) in Dubai. Why is he doing business in the deserts of Arabia where Islam emerged 1450 years ago (not 2000 as this ignorant fool says)?”.

In a tweet on Monday, however, Kochher said there is no justification for his tweet and called it a major error made in the heat of the moment.

“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,” Kochher tweeted.

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