The restaurant has been owned and operated by Fabio Terrinoni since the mid 80s, and he has taken the decision to sell the business to focus on his other restaurant in Henley-on-Thames.
Kochhar reportedly plans to follow the success of his other restaurants by “completely refurbishing” the property and opening a restaurant that brings something “new and exciting” to the town.
Kochhar was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin Star, which he achieved in 2001 whilst at Tamarind in London, and his culinary talents have been said to change the way people perceive and experience Indian cuisine.
Villa D’este is located in the heart of Marlow, alongside many other independent businesses and retailers. The ground floor restaurant seats 80/100 guests and houses a large commercial kitchen.
Terrinoni said: “It has been a pleasure operating in Marlow for so long, as we were always well supported by the local community who seem to have a real passion for dining. We wish the new owner Atul every success with his new restaurant.”
Tim Widdows, business agent at Christie and Co who handled the sale, said: “Due to its strong location in Marlow, we received a good amount of interest from a range of operators.
“We are thrilled that it was taken on by a well-known restaurateur such as Atul, who will no doubt thrive with his new venture. I am sure the people of Marlow will be excited to have a new and exciting restaurant in the town.”