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Nadiya Hussain


THE Great British Bake Off (GBBO) winner Nadiya Hussain appeared on Kate Garraway’s Life Stories show on ITV in February 2022. During the episode, she spoke about how her husband Abdul Hussain, who also appeared on the show, pushed her to apply for GBBO.

“For me, entering Bake Off was unthinkable and not something I would ever have done. Abdul encouraged me to,” she said. “Yes, he did all the boring bits!” Hussain also explained how cooking for her husband prompted her to start baking. During the show, her husband also spoke about his wife’s struggles with mental health and anxiety.

Hussain has stressed the importance of diverse representation in the food industry as she guest-edited the February issue of BBC Good Food magazine. As guest editor, the chef shared stories from some of her favourite food producers, restaurateurs, and recipe writers, including Rob Allison, Mursal Saiq and Tiffany Chang.

While talking about the importance of representation, Hussain said that she didn’t see a curry being cooked on TV by someone like her mother when she was younger.

In June 2021, it was announced that Hussain will host a new cookery series on BBC. She is set to present Nadiya’s Fast Flavours which will see the star share her favourite recipes with viewers.

Hussain’s successful cooking series, Nadiya’s Time to Eat, premiered on Netflix in April 2020, another show Nadiya Bakes ran on Netflix in 2021. Since winning the GBBO show in 2015, Hussain has released a cookbook, Time to Eat, and a memoir, Finding My Voice. She has also become a staple on BBC, starring in multiple shows, including the two-part docuseries The Chronicles of Nadiya, where she explores her culinary heritage in Bangladesh, as well as judging Junior Bake Off.

A stay-at-home mum who loved cooking, Hussain is

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