In a proud moment for Pakistan, Aida Khan, the co-founder, creative director and chef behind Islamabad and London’s traditional cuisine destination, SHOLA Karachi Kitchen has won the Food Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 3rd London Asian Business Awards. The award is another addition to the growing list of Pakistani women who are excelling in diverse fields at all fronts.
The Asian Business Awards have a long-standing history in the UK, bringing together the top Asian entrepreneurs from around the UK – to be recognized, rewarded and remembered for their creativity, resolve and spirit, and their dedication to hard work. Without a doubt, the UK has a thriving Asian community which plays a significant role in its economy, culture, and society at large.
An entrepreneur at heart, Aida Khan comes from a family with a deep passion for food. From an early age, she learned how to cook traditional family-style food from her mother, whilst her father taught her to love food through his passion to eat. A former banker, Aida Khan’s passion for cooking led her to study at Leith’s School of Food and Wine and pursue her passion for cooking.
She made her mark in the food community of London through her Karachi offerings in Supper Clubs, and in March 2019, Khan opened SHOLA Karachi Kitchen in West London. Aida Khan also aims to expand the flavors of Karachi to other parts of Pakistan and already runs an outlet in the capital city of Islamabad. Khan takes pride in serving clean and healthy Pakistani cuisines – appealing to vegans, vegetarians, and meat-eaters alike.
“I am so pleased to see Pakistani food get the true attention it deserves. Ours is a culture with such a rich history and wonderful traditions. At Shola, we are proud to be sharing flavors from all over Pakistan, with the rest of the world” said Aida Khan.
This November 2019, Aida Khan will be bringing SHOLA Karachi Kitchen’s artisanal traditional soul food to Islamabad Eat on 15, 16 and 17 November 2019.
SHOLA Karachi Kitchen is located at Shop 9-12, Trade Centre, F-7, Jinnah Super in Islamabad for takeaway and delivery. In London, the restaurant is located at Unit 6, West Works, White City Place, Wood Lane.