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Chef Zakir

Chef Zakir

Chef Zakir is considered as one of the famous and successful chefs in Pakistan. Being an all-rounder in all cuisines, Chef Zakir has made his recognition all over Pakistani media. Chef Zakir, full name, Muhammad Zakir Qureshi, was born in Karachi on 16th February 1967. Basically, he belonged from Bombay, Indore and started his early education from Qulsoom Bai Valika School. After completing his matriculation from Govt. Boys School of Santabad, Chef Zakir done his intermediate education from Allama Iqbal College. The professional culinary career of Chef Zakir started in 1980 by practicing at Karachi Sheraton Hotel. Later, he moved to Avari hotel and also polished his cooking skills and diversity in recipes in Karachi PC Hotel. After getting his hands on the kitchens on leading restaurants, Chef Zakir moved on Dubai where he spent two years working in one or two famous restaurants. In 1988 he stayed in Singapore for further studies in culinary art. Chef Zakir also traveled to South Africa where he stayed for seven years for studying as well as job in various restaurants. He also lived in Batswana for three years. Chef Zakir made his return to Pakistan after a long stay of 1 ½ years in UK. Chef Zakir made his media entry by first joining Indus TV. In 2006, he started working on Hum TV and later in 2007-8 he built quite a big name as professional chefs of Masala TV. He brought true Pakistani taste with a touch of changing times and needs of today. The perfection in his recipes has made him ideal for many chefs and has built a huge fan following for him all across the globe. His amazing fame and sizzling recipes turned out fortunate for his business and he opened his two restaurants Clifton Grill and Shan-e-Mughlia Restaurant. Since its launch, Shan-e-Mughlia received huge appreciation from the food-lovers of Karachi and has been gaining popularity day by day among buffet lovers’ circle. Chef Zakir described cooking as his only hobby and his inspiration is his own father Abdul Aziz, who was a great chef of that time and worked for PIA. In 1986, Chef Zakir started his married life. He has five children, 3 girls and 2 boys. Despite knowing a variety of lavish continental and Pakistani recipes, Chef Zakir personally prefers pulses and vegetables. His favorite food is Daal Chawal. One of Chef Zakir’s sons, Ahsan, is following his father’s footsteps and is a chef in a new TV channel AKS. It is the future plan of Chef Zakir to open an Institute for cooking in Pakistan which the education will be based on international standard.

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