Atul Kochhar *

Chef Atul Kochhar : The first Indian Chef to be awarded a Michelin star in the UK

  • 1* Indian celebrity Chef in London
  • Several TV show on BBC, Netflix
  • Modern Indian Food

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Atul Kochhar’s inimitable talent as a twice-Michelin-starred chef has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian food. He is at the forefront of the Indian culinary industry for the over 25 years and is recognised on an international scale.

Born in Jamshedpur, India, Atul started his career at the prestigious The Oberoi group of hotels in India where he became sous chef and led a team of 18. Rising significantly through the ranks, he also gained his diploma in Hotel Management and moved to the Hilton group to work under the guidance of renowned chef Bernard Kunig.

In 1994 Atul was given the opportunity to move to London to lead and open Tamarind restaurant. Inspired by his native India, Atul combines his heritage with his love of British ingredients to create and delivers modern Indian cuisine. It was at Tamarind restaurant in 2001 where he received his first Michelin star. In 2002 Atul then went on to open his very own restaurant, Benares in London’s Mayfair, which earned him a second Michelin star in 2007.

In 2018 Atul left Benares to pursue other independent ventures and to further develop Atul Kochhar Hospitality Group and his catering company AMOD events.

Atul has become the recognisable face of modern Indian cuisine on television, in print media, at festivals and on the radio. His innovative take on food continues to win Atul an admiring public through regular TV appearances including BBC’s Great British Menu, BBC’s Saturday
Kitchen, James Martin Saturday Morning, Yes Chef, Curry On and The Chef. Most recently Atul’s entrepreneurial nature made him the perfect investor on BBC2 and Netflix series, Million Pound Menu.
With recipes, restaurant reviews and interviews featured internationally in print and online, Atul has also written a number of admired cookbooks:

  • Simple Indian
  • Benares
  • Fish, Indian Style
  • Curries of the World
  • 30 Minute Curries
  • Curry Everyday (launched 31st March 2022)



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