The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai announced that it had sacked Atul Kochhar, the chef at the hotel's popular Rang Mahal restaurant, following his tweet criticising Islam Sunday. The storyline caused much contention among viewers with one of the show's stars, Priyanka Chopra, even publicly apologising.
Mr Kochhar had caused an outrage after taking a swipe at actress Priyanka Chopra over an episode of American TV show Quantico that had purportedly portrayed Hindus as terrorists.
The last two days have been tough for Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, who found himself in the middle of a raging controversy after an anti-Islamic comment he made, in response to Priyanka Chopra's Quantico debacle.
The hotel, which houses the Rang Mahal restaurant set up by Kochhar, said: "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, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, JW Marriott issued a clarification distancing itself from the Chef's comments. "Shame on you." He later deleted his tweet.
The full tweet read, "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 round 1400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. Many also criticised him for working in a Muslim country while spreading negative messages about Islam.
Social media was left feeling disheartened and furious when Indian born British based chef, Atul Kocchar, disregarded the sentiments of many by posting an anti-Islam comment on Twitter. Many people spoke of boycotting the restaurant and there were quite a few cancellations of reservations too, reports said.
Social media users called for a boycott of Kochhar's restaurants in the UAE and the United Kingdom and restaurant finder app Halal Gems said it was dropping eateries affiliated to the chef from its listings.
The statement further said: "At the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai we pride ourselves on creating a culture of diversity and inclusion for our guests and associates across the hotel and our restaurants".