About Atul

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Atul Kochhar’s unique talent as a twice Michelin starred chef has changed the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine. Taking inspiration from his native India, while continuously researching regional dishes, Atul has managed to combine his heritage with his love of British ingredients to create a unique and innovative modern Indian cuisine.

Since 1994, he has been at the forefront of Indian fine-dining cuisine, achieving his first Michelin Star in 2001. His contemporary style and love of traditional cooking techniques led him to open his own restaurant ‘Benares,’ London in 2003 which won him a Michelin Star in 2007. Since then he has opened numerous successful, award-winning restaurants – the second Benares in Madrid; Sindhu at The Compleat Angler in Marlow; Hawkyns at The Crown Inn, Amersham and Indian Essence in Petts Wood.

In addition to these projects, Atul has written a number of successful cookbooks; Simple Indian; Fish, Indian Style; Curries of the World; 30 Minute Curries and Benares Michelin Starred Cooking for which Atul travelled extensively to research.

Having recipes featured in international publications and many regular appearances on food broadcasts, Atul remains committed to his passion and is constantly seeking inspiration through travel and research. His work ethic and talent have not gone unnoticed as he has had the privilege to cook for Prince Charles at St James’s Palace, as well as having been personally invited to meet HM The Queen during one of the President of India’s official visit. 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.

When not busy with one of his various restaurants or projects, Atul enjoys spending time at home in London with his wife Deepti and their two young children. Continuing to thrive, the next few years look full of exciting new projects for Atul and his team.