Photo by Crixell Matthews/WCVE

Photo by Crixell Matthews/WCVE

Chef Hamidulla Noori

Chef Hamidullah Noori began his chef’s career in 2004 at the Kabul Serena Hotel, a 5 star hotel in Afghanistan as Commis Chef and quickly promoted to Chef de Partie. After his training, he returned to Kabul Serena Hotel as the Executive Chef where he oversaw the cuisine of several restaurants in the hotel. He was featured in several cooking show episodes on TOLO TV in Afghanistan and was later given the Executive Chef position at the USAID. Since his arrival in Richmond, Chef Noori showcased his talent at the Capital Farmers Market, the Hi Hostels Culture Kitchen and Noorani where he has continued to refine his art in international cuisine.


Shagufta Sajid

Successful businesswoman and mother of 4, Shagufta Sajid was born in Karachi, Pakistan and raised in Queens, New York. She has been living in Richmond for the past 20 years, and for the past 8 years she has been the owner of Noorani Kabab House, a Pakistani restaurant in Richmond’s west end. Her customers always feel at home with her unique food, and she is now expanding her passion for delicious cuisine to her newest venture, The Mantu!