About Atul


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.

As the very first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, accomplished during his tenure as Head Chef at Tamarind in 2001, he then went on to open the highly acclaimed Benares Restaurant & Bar for which he was awarded second Michelin star in 2007.

Critic Jan Moir of the Daily Telegraph wrote, ‘Benares is notable for the outstanding quality of the ingredients that the kitchen uses and with the abundance with which they are served.”

The appetite for Atul’s unique understanding of Indian flavours in modern British food has since reached global heights. In 2008 Atul opened his first restaurant in Ireland (Ananda), and in 2012 the chef teamed up with fellow restaurateur Jitindar Singh to launch Indian Essence, a neighbourhood restaurant in Kent, which was shortly followed by fine-dining restaurant Rang Mahal in Dubai. Atul’s international success has continued on the seas, with a unique collaboration with P&O cruises. In November 2014, Atul opened Sindhu, a traditional Indian restaurant with a contemporary twist, at Macdonald Compleat Angler in Marlow (Buckinghamshire).

More recently, Atul has gone on to open Benares Madrid in Spain’s Madrid, the gastronomic capital of Southern Europe. With the latest launch of NRI and LIMA restaurants, has turned his attention back home to Mumbai, India, where he wishes to provide a similarly fresh and innovative offering to diners in India.

In addition to these projects, Atul has written four successful cookbooks; Simple Indian; Fish, Indian Style; Curries of the World and Benares Michelin Starred Cooking for which Atul traveled 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