The Story Behind Xuhsworld
Zuhra Abdullahi is a chef specialized in creating French Nigerian fusion cuisines. She is a graduate of The International Culinary Center in New York and is also a host on the private dining platform EatWith where she has hosted over 170 guests. She has also cooked for several private dinners and cooperate events.
Zuhra’s love for cooking began in her childhood growing up in Nigeria where food and family are the cornerstone of the community. She spent her days in awe of the magic that happened in the kitchen, watching her mother and family cooks making delicious Nigerian meals. She recalls all her favorite childhood memories being food related. Zuhra’s life and education spanned across several countries including Nigeria, England, France and the United States. After moving to New York she decided to pursue her passion for food and ultimately became a professional chef.
Zuhra also has Bachelor Degrees in International Studies and French from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She currently lives in the Financial District of Manhattan where she hosts private dinner events. Her favorite city to eat in is Paris, and she loves to travel and restaurant hop.
Her love, passion and experience lead to the creation of the Xuhsworld. Zuhra’s platform to build and spread northern Nigerian gastronomy.
Beans & Dodo
Plantains, Beans &Tomato Stew
Kosai / Akara
Yam Croquettes. Tomato & Mango Chutney.
Pumpkin with Shredded Chicken & Spinach
"Kwakumati" Roasted Coconut Flakes. Chocolate Sauce. Berries
Zobo Cake "Toasted Coconut Flakes"
Hibiscus & Pineapple Sorbet. Crystallized Ginger. Chin-Chin Crumbs
Fura Da Nono
Spiced Millet & Yogurt Gluten Free Drink
Hibiscus Juice Infused with Pineapples & Cloves
Cooked SousVide In herb infused Olive Oil. Served with Yam & Sweet Potato Puree, Mixed Greens & Spicy Compound Butter
Rice Cooked in Spicy Tomato Sauce
Mackerel With Garlic & Saffron Vinaigrette
with Couscous Cooked in Fish
Stock, Green Peppers & Red Onions, Spinach Salad
Spaghetti & Langoustine
Cooked in Nigerian Spicy Tomato Stew & Fish
Cornish Hen Sous Vide & Basil Potato Purée
with Tomato & Roasted Pepper
Compote. Pan Jus
with Spicy, Pepper & Peanut Rub
Oil Poached Basa
with Mixed Greens & Potato Salad
Roasted Chicken & Pepper Sauce
Masa & Taushe
Rice Pancakes. Steamed Spinach. Braised Lamb in Pumpkin Sauce
Nigerian Fried Rice
Pickled Cabbage Slaw
"Zuhra masterfully wields cultural depth and culinary prowess in a profoundly skilled and masterful manner. Her ability to create an environment that is ripe with synergy, wonder and happiness perfectly accentuates the surreal dining experience that her guests are privileged to undertake. Her table’s impeccably decorated in a way that invokes and inspires outright appreciation for the roots of the cuisine that she prepares for her guests.
Zuhra artfully weaved the bold flavors of Northern Nigerian cuisine which she grew up with and the finesse of French cuisine to create memorable dishes like the seared salmon and beautifully shaped and presented crème brûlée.
The dining experience is both a fantastic means of cultural education and rich, high quality bonding. Without a doubt, Zuhra’s table and meals are an extraordinary experience unlike any other."
New York, NY
"Last week we experienced a wonderful evening at Zuhras place that will be memorable for many years!
The food Zuhra had prepared for us was absolutely delicious and clearly inspired by her roots and her heritage. This was also reflected in the beautiful and minimal design of her apartment and her table!
She is a lovely person, a warm hostess and a creative chef that in a smart and beautiful way combined her Nigerian roots with the passion about French cuisine in her dishes. We had the chance to meet other lovely and creative people from NYC and got a glass of wine in the rooftop- the perfect ending to our dinner. We strongly recommend Zuhra and her events that no one should miss when in NYC!"