Michelin-star Indian chef sacked in Dubai over anti-Islamic tweet

Indian celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. (Twitter)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Michelin-star Indian chef sacked in Dubai over anti-Islamic tweet

DUBAI: The Michelin-star celebrity chef Atul Kochhar has been sacked on Wednesday by the JW Mariott Marquis hotel in Dubai after the Indian posted an anti-Islamic tweet, an official statement sent to Arab News read.
“Following the recent comments made by Chef Atul Kochhar, we have taken the decision to end our agreement with him for Rang Mahal,” Bill Keffer, General Manager at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, told Arab News.
“With the termination of our agreement, Chef Atul will no longer be associated with the restaurant and the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai,” he said.
The celebrity chef tweeted “it’s sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorized by Islam over 2,000 years. Shame on you” following television show Quantico’s Priyanka Chopra portrayed Hindus as terrorists in an episode of the crime drama.
The chef, who runs the Rang Mahal Indian restaurant in the Business Bay hotel, later apologized for his now-deleted tweet, saying that it was a “major error that occurred in the heat of the moment.”
But he later retracted his comments and tweeted: “I fully recognize my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologize,” he added. “I am not Islamophobic. I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.”


Han Solo’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ blaster sells for $550,000

Updated 24 June 2018
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Han Solo’s ‘Return of the Jedi’ blaster sells for $550,000

  • The faux weapon, mainly made of wood, had been put on display in New York by Julien’s Auctions last month after more than 30 years tucked away in the belongings of James Schoppe, art director of “Return of the Jedi”
  • Martin Nolan, the auction house’s executive director, said Schoppe, an Oscar nominee for his work on the film, finally decided to part with Solo’s gun and about 40 other items from the movie, including an Ewok axe and plans for Jabba the Hutt’s ship

WASHINGTON: In the wildly popular “Star Wars” films, Han Solo once told a lightsaber-wielding Luke Skywalker: “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”
That was the case when one of the blaster pistol props used by Harrison Ford in “Return of the Jedi” (1983) went under the hammer, selling for $550,000 — topping the $450,000 previously fetched by Skywalker’s lightsaber from the first two films.
“SOLD for $550,000! An original Han Solo blaster used in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi!” Julien’s Auctions announced on Twitter Saturday.
The faux weapon, mainly made of wood, had been put on display in New York by Julien’s Auctions last month after more than 30 years tucked away in the belongings of James Schoppe, art director of “Return of the Jedi.”
Martin Nolan, the auction house’s executive director, said Schoppe, an Oscar nominee for his work on the film, finally decided to part with Solo’s gun and about 40 other items from the movie, including an Ewok axe and plans for Jabba the Hutt’s ship.
The Ewok axe went for $11,250, while another blaster prop from the film fetched $90,624, according to Julien’s Auctions.
But none of the props were a match for the space saga’s much-loved droid: last year, an R2-D2 used in the making of several “Star Wars” films sold for $2.76 million at auction in Los Angeles.