Michelin chef Atul Kochhar advises on new Dubai restaurant

First Indian chef to be awarded culinary acolade teams up with Landmark Group.

TOP CHEF: Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin Star. (Getty Images)

TOP CHEF: Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin Star. (Getty Images)

Indian-born British celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star, has teamed up with the Landmark Group for the launch of the Dubai-based retail and hospitality giant’s first Indian restaurant, it was announced this week at the outlet’s official opening.

London-based Kochhar was a consultant on the planning of the menu at Zafran restaurant at Mirdif City Centre in Dubai, which was opened by Foodmark, a division of Landmark Hospitality and Leisure services Ltd, the hospitality arm of the Landmark Group.

The move will be Kochhar’s entry into the Middle East culinary market and will be the Landmark Group’s first Indian restaurant.

Micky Jagtiani, chairman of Landmark Group, said, “Foodmark is fast becoming one of the region’s leading companies in the food and beverage industry, and we have ambitious expansion plans for the division, within the UAE and across the Middle East as a whole. I am delighted that we have now opened our very own Indian restaurant, Zafran, which adds something new to the Foodmark portfolio.”

“We are planning to open further Zafran outlets later in the year,” said Ira Malik, COO of food, leisure and spa at Landmark Hospitality.

Kochhar’s arrival on the Dubai restaurant scene comes hot on the heels of other celebrity chefs, such as Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes, who have been involved in the opening of restaurants in the region.

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