A culinary brand in himself, Atul Kochhar began with India’s prestigious Oberoi group of hotels, and moved to London in 1994 as head chef for Tamarind. It was here that he earned his first Michelin star in 2001. In fact, he is the first Indian chef to receive this award.
This success led him to open the acclaimed Benares Restaurant and Bar, where he was awarded his second Michelin star in 2007.
While his inspiration remains native, he is constantly evolving- blending Indian heritage with modern techniques, and interesting ingredients for a novel epicurean experience.
His understanding of Indian flavours in modern food is reflected in his success with restaurants that followed: Ananda in Ireland, Indian Essence in Kent, and Rang Mahal, a fine dining restaurant in the world’s tallest hotel, JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai. His most recent eateries include Benares Madrid in Spain, and NRI in Mumbai, which celebrates Indian food enjoyed outside India, and Lima, a fusion of Latin food and drinks from Peru, Mexico and Brazil.
Chef Atul Kochhar is as widely featured as his food. With four successful cookbooks to his name, and regular appearances across media, he is definitely going places. Especially when he travels for research and fresh inspiration.
When not in his kitchen, this chef is ambassador to the British Asian Trust, supporting high impact charities in South Asia and the UK.