The Chef, who recently appeared on the BBC’s Million Dollar Menu, issued a statement on Tuesday expressing his deep regret, however, was sacked shortly after by the Hotel on Wednesday, after threats surfaced online, of boycotting the establishment.
— Atul Kochhar (@atulkochhar) June 12, 2018
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
The tweet was quickly called into question with many pointing out that his restaurants serve halal food.
Halal Gems, a halal restaurant finder app has also delisted Benares from the app and issued a statement:
For those asking, please read our official statement regarding @atulkochhar’s tweets.
— Halal Gems (@HalalGems) June 11, 2018
What are you sorry about? Your views on Muslims?
You blame Muslims for victiming Hindus for 2000 years (apparently!). But you're happy to make money off them in Dubai. And you have no problems against the British, who killed more Hindus during the Raj?
Hypocritical isn't it?
— Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) June 10, 2018
I have cancelled my wedding anniversary meal for next month at your restaurant.
YOU knew exactly what you meant as YOU tweeted that message.
— Ali 💬 (@ali_b86) June 11, 2018
Many have also tweeted the hotel in which he serves iftar