Atul Kochhar no longer employed at Mayfair's Benares

By Georgia Bronte contact

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Atul Kochhar no longer employed by Mayfair's Benares
Mayfair’s Benares has announced that former chef-patron Atul Kochhar is no longer employed at the restaurant.

A statement from the restaurant says that the kitchen will continue to be led by executive chef Brinder Narula, who has been with the company for three years and originally taught Kochhar at the Oberoi culinary school in India in the 1990s.

Narula’s further experience includes co-leading the brigade at Michelin-starred Gymkhana in London and at leading Indian hotel group Oberoi.

Kochhar currently continues to run Sindhu at the Macdonald Compleat Angler hotel in Marlow; and Hawkyns at The Crown Inn in Amersham.

In June he had his contract terminated at a Dubai hotel restaurant for posting a tweet claiming that Muslims have “terrorised” Hindus. Kocchar apologised, but the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai terminated his contract immediately at its Rang Mahal restaurant.

The chef and restaurateur recently featured in BBC2’s Million Pound Menu, in which he invested in Ruth Hansom and Emily Lambert’s debut restaurant, Epoch, which is expected to open before Christmas.

Kochhar became the first Indian chef to win a Michelin star during his tenure as head chef at Tamarind in Mayfair in 2001.

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