Chef, restaurateur, and television personality Atul Kochhar has apologised for posting an anti-Muslim comment.

Kochhar has appeared on television shows such Masterchef Goes Large and Great British Menu. He also launched the successful Benares restaurant chain.

Today he tweeted, "There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. 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 later tweeted another apology

In an earlier tweet which has since been deleted he said, "It is sad to see you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you."

This itself was aimed at Priyanka Chopra who starred in a controversial episode of US hit show Quantico.

In it, Chopra’s character, Alex Parrish, thwarts a plan ochestrated by Hindu extremists. The terrorists had tried to frame Pakistanis for the attack planned ahead of a summit on Kashmir.

She herself has since apologised for the plotline after furore by Indians worldwide. Priyanka didn’t create, write or direct the show but she was labelled a traitor nonetheless by some Indians.

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He was vilified by Twitter users...

But others accepted he made an error.