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Atul Kochhar (1969-), Chef and restaurateur

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Atul Kochhar is an Indian-born British chef. Born in Jamshedpur in northern India, he was trained and worked at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi. In 1994, he was appointed head chef at the Tamarind restaurant, in Mayfair, London. By the age of 31, he became the first Indian chef to be awarded the Michelin star. In 2002 Atul joined Marks and Spencers as a consultant chef and advised on their Indian food range. In the same year he left Tamarind to start his own restaurant. Atul Kochhar now owns an elite restaurant, Benares. His recipes have appeared widely in magazines and newspapers, and he demonstrates regularly on food shows in the United Kingdom and abroad. In 2007, his restaurant, Benares, won a Michelin star.