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Atul Kochhar

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1 Michelin Star

Atul Kochhar rose to fame as one the first Indian chefs to win a coveted Michelin star. The Indian born chef, restaurateur and television personality started his career in 1993, at the prestigious Oberoi hotel group in India. Working as a sous chef and supervising a team of 18, Atul was credited with significantly raising standards in the kitchen. This led to his move to renowned Hilton chef Bernard Kunig’s restaurant in 1994. Building on his fine-dining experience, later that year Atul made the move to London to open Tamarind restaurant.

Atul Kochhar

Atul Kochhar rose to fame as one the first Indian chefs to win a coveted Michelin star. The Indian born chef, restaurateur and television personality started his career in 1993, at the prestigious Oberoi hotel group in India. Working as a sous chef and supervising a team of 18, Atul was credited with significantly raising standards in the kitchen. This led to his move to renowned Hilton chef Bernard Kunig’s restaurant in 1994. Building on his fine-dining experience, later that year Atul made the move to London to open Tamarind restaurant.

His culinary excellence was recognised and during Atul’s tenure as Head Chef, he was awarded his first Michelin star in 2001.

With a focus on combining his heritage and love of British ingredients, Atul’s innovative modern Indian cuisine successfully redefined the perception of Indian cooking in Britain, leading to his second Michelin star in 2007, an accolade which he has retained since - this year Atul celebrated his 11th anniversary of retaining said Michelin star.

The appetite for Atul’s unique understanding of Indian flavours in modern British food has reached global heights. In 2012 the chef teamed up with fellow restaurateur Jitindar Singh to launch India Essence, a neighbourhood restaurant in Kent, shortly followed by fine-dining restaurants in Mauritius and Dubai.

In November 2014, Atul opened Sindhu, a traditional Indian restaurant with a contemporary twist, at Macdonald Compleat Angler in Marlow (Buckinghamshire), the much acclaimed NRI and LIMA in Mumbai, India and Hawkyns Bar and Restaurant, Amersham January 2017.

Dedicating time outside of the kitchen to philanthropic endeavours Atul has worked with The Prince’s Trust and stands as an ambassador to The British Asian Trust to support high impact charities in South Asia and the UK.

The author of several cookbooks, Atul has been a consultant chef for Marks & Spencer and has made numerous television appearances on The Great British Menu, MasterChef, Saturday Kitchen and Sunday Brunch.

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