Famed chef and television personality Zubaida Tariq aka Zubaida Apa passed away Thursday night here in Karachi.
Her brother Anwar Maqsood confirmed the sad news, adding the celebrated professional cook had been unwell for some time.
Tariq’s funeral prayers will be held in Sultan Mosque in the city’s Defence area after the Friday prayers.
She achieved fame doing culinary shows on TV and writing cookbooks. Her regular culinary advice segments on various TV channels were so popular that Zubaida ‘Aapa‘ became a household name across Pakistan.
With a formal-sounding name Mrs. Zubaida Tariq, Aapa made her TV debut back in 1996 when she was in her 50s. Her first programme — Dalda Ka Dastarkhwan — soon went on to become a widely popular evening engagement.
Aapa had nine siblings, including playwright Anwar Maqsood, author and poet Zehra Nigah, designer Sughra Kazmi, and the late Fatima Surraiya Bajiya — a drama writer.