An Indian-origin Michelin-star chef in Dubai is facing severe criticism for his “anti-Islam tweet”, after he took a dig at actress Priyanka Chopra over the “Quantico” TV show episode that portrayed Hindu nationalists as terrorists.

Atul Kochhar, head chef of the Rang Mahal restaurant at JW Marriot Marquis hotel in Dubai, took to Twitter saying, “It’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2,000 years. Shame on You (sic)”.

Michelin-star chef, Atul Kochhar, deleted tweet, Dubai, JW Marriot Marquis hotel

Kochhar later deleted the tweet and put out an apology, saying the “major error” was “made in the heat of the moment on Sunday”.

“There is no justification for my tweet … I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many,” he wrote.

JW Marriot hotel has distanced itself from its employee’s comments.

“We are aware of the comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar. We would like to stress that we do not share the same views as stated in the remark, nor is it a representation of the culture of diversity and inclusion that we pride ourselves on at the hotel,” the hotel tweeted on Monday.

The anti-Islam tweet created a furore on social media, with many people demanding him to be dismissed from service, with some residents saying they would boycott the restaurant.

Popular commentator and Arab journalist Khaled Almaeena tweeted: “You (Kochhar) have offended me… As a person who loves India its people no matter what their caste or creed. As a secular and liberal, it truly is a horror statement.”