UK-based Pakistani chef, Zahra Khan, has made it to the Forbes 30 under 30 Europe list in the retail and E-commerce category.
Khan, who belongs to Lahore, graduated from the star chef, Gordan Ramsy’s culinary academy. She is the founder of Feya and Dyce cafes near Harrod’s and Selfridges retail stores in the high-end area of Central London in Knightsbridge and Oxford Street.
While talking to a well-reputed media outlet, Khan revealed that she was always told to opt for sciences because ‘baking’ wouldn’t give her a successful career. She further told that she fell into the cultural stereotype as she was constantly told that women are homemakers and belong in the kitchen at homes.
Zahra revealed that she founded Feya Café when she became a mother. Her cafe initially had only 5 staff members however, she expanded it to 30. She worked day and night to make her business a success. Moreover, she has also received more than 100 franchise applications from countries like UK, UAE, KSA, etc.
Not only this but during the pandemic, Khan started an initiative for the purpose of women empowerment and for the reduction of the gender gap. For this purpose, 10% of the profit from Feya’s retail line of teas, jams, and chocolates went into the cause. A group of female illustrators developed the products and each is special since it carries a message of motivation and self-awareness.
Zahra Khan shared her goal of expanding Feya’s retail network outside UK to create 400 job opportunities for women to promote UN’s Sustainability Development Goal 5.
Zahra is the ONLY Pakistani woman to have been a part of Gordan Ramsy’s Tante Marie Culinary Academy till now.
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