Chef Wan apologises for Aishwarya Rai dress post

PETALING JAYA: Celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, also known as Chef Wan, has apologised for his remarks about Aishwarya Rai's dress.

"As an advocate for ethnic harmony, peace, love, tolerance, and respect across all cultures and religions, I am disheartened by claims labelling me as racist and accusing me of creating racial tension.

"I also wish to extend my apologies to Aishwarya Rai if my comments have caused her any distress," the 66-year-old said in an Instagram post on Tuesday (May 28).

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Chef Wan said that his sense of humour and his forthright manner could sometimes be misconstrued, leading to unintended criticism. He also expressed his admiration for the Bollywood star's stylish gown which had peacock feather motifs.

"This incident has taught me a valuable lesson to tread carefully when it comes to topics of religion and culture," he said.

The police confirmed that they are looking into Chef Wan's social media post.

Sentul Asst Comm Ahmad Sukarno Mohd Zahari said that a police report had been filed against Chef Wan over his comment, which allegedly touched on a race, religion and royalty (3R) issue.

Chef Wan's initial comment triggered widespread criticism from online users.

It was in response to an Instagram video posted by Namaste Bollywood, which showcased Aishwarya at the Cannes Film Festival and invited users to share "the first thought that comes to mind".

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