Zainab was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan. She learned to cook with her mother at fifteen years old, always fascinated by learning the craft. In the following year, Zainab had taken over the family kitchen. By that time, she had also completed her ninth-grade education, which was the highest level allowed for girls by the Taliban. Soon after, Zainab joined a restaurant in the ministry where her love for cooking blossomed and it led her to take on a chef role at a hotel restaurant. It was here that she honed her craft and dabbled in multiple types of dishes. In October of 2019, Zainab and her husband brought their family to the U.S. in search of new opportunities for their family. While Zainab’s passion for cooking runs deep, she loves how cooking can bring people together and how sharing meals together can create lasting memories. When people eat her food, their joy brings her joy.
Learn more about Chef Zainab and her cuisine here.