Chef Atul Kochhar: ‘Mr Oberoi, my heartfelt gratitude to you’

Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar pays a short tribute to PRS Oberoi and the hospitality group where his culinary journey started, a journey that has taken him around the world.

Born in Jamshedpur, Chef Atul Kochhar is an alumni of the Oberoi School of Hotel Management (later renamed Oberoi Centre for Learning and Development). He worked at Oberoi Hotels from 1989 to 1994. In June 1993, Kochhar moved to the Oberoi New Delhi, where he worked as a sous chef in one of the restaurants, managing a staff of 18. His presence immediately raised the standards of the kitchen.

Chef atul kochhar started his career with oberoi hotels, which gave him the necessary grounding to strike out internationally and make a mark.
Chef Atul Kochhar started his career with Oberoi Hotels, which gave him the necessary grounding to strike out internationally and make a mark.

In January 1994, Kochhar moved to London where he worked at the restaurant of Chef Bernard Kunig. Later that year he moved to Tamarind. It was here that in January 2001, at the age of 31, Kochhar became the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star.

Today, Kochhar is one of the best-known Indian chefs in the world and runs a slew of award-winning restaurants, including Saga – Cuisines of India in Gurugram.

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Doyen of Indian hospitality: PRS ‘Biki’ Oberoi. Image: Courtesy Oberoi Hotels.

Kochhar remembers PRS Oberoi as an amazing mentor. Oberoi had the Midas touch, anything he touched turned into gold, he recalls.

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