A Quick Chat With: Atul Kochhar, chef

'People tell me I'm too blunt'
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The Independent Online

Atul Kochhar is an Indian-born, British chef. Born in Jamshedpur in northern India, Kochhar 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. On March this year he received the TMG Cordon Bleu Award at his restaurant in Mayfair, London for his educational contribution in bringing South Asian cuisine to the mainstream.

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be... catching up on some sleep or playing with my son.

A phrase I use far too often is... people say I use “no doubt about it” very often.

I wish people would take more notice of... poverty. It's a curse to mankind.

A common misperception of me is... I really don’t know. I am like an open book.

The most surprising thing about me is... that I haven’t won the lottery yet!

I'm not a politician but... I can’t change anything in this country - it’s already done.

I'm good at... gardening. I have green fingers but time is an issue.

But I'm very bad at... lying. I always get caught lying so I try not to. Then people tell me I'm too blunt!

My ideal night out is... anything would be fun at the moment as I have two toddlers at home. Where are those good old days?

In moments of weakness I... turn to my faith and my karmas.

In a truer life I'd have been... a doctor. I was born Asian!

The best age to be is... for me, every age has its beauty but a newborn is the best. Everybody loves you.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is... you can do anything if you believe you can.

Atul Kochhar is supporting the launch of the Philips Robust Blender. The Philips Robust Collection of kitchen appliances is available at John Lewis, Amazon.co.uk, House of Fraser, Selfridges and Fenwick. For more information and recipe inspiration visit Philips.com/kitchen



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