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Atul Kochhar

Introducing Atul Kochhar to The Green Room  | England v India ODI  |  The Kia Oval

One of the first Indian chefs to gain a Michelin star, Atul Kochhar is a culinary legend and we can’t wait to see the dishes he has in store for England v India ODI in The Green Room.

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

Inspired by his native India, Atul combines his heritage with his love of British ingredients to create and deliver modern Indian cuisine. It was at Tamarind restaurant in 2001 where he received his first Michelin star and in doing so, became the first of two Indian chefs to ever win a 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 the Atul Kochhar Hospitality Group and his catering company AMOD events.

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  • Moved to London in 1994 to lead an open Tamarind restaurant
  • In 2001, Atul became one of the first Indian chefs ever to gain a Michelin star
  • Opened Benares in 2002 where he gained a 2nd Michelin star in 2007
  • Through regular TV appearances including BBC's Great British Menu, BBC's Saturday Kitchen and James Martin Saturday Morning, Atul has become the recognisable face of modern Indian cuisine
  • Found in The Green Room at The Kia Oval