Ten things we’ve learned about Leeds’ GBBO winner Nadiya

Nadiya is crowned winner of GBBO. BBC image.
Nadiya is crowned winner of GBBO. BBC image.
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She’s the talk of the nation after her impressive win on last night’s Great British Bake Off finale.

We take a look at ten things we now know about Leeds’ mum-of-three and superstar baker Nadiya Hussain:

1) Born in Luton to a Bangladeshi family, she later moved to Leeds with husband Abdal, a technical manager, and they have three children, aged nine, eight and four.

2) She won three Star Baker titles throughout the series, which spanned ten weeks and included 30 challenges.

3) After nine years as a stay-at-home mum, she said it is “my time now for an adventure” and has begun studying for an Open University degree in childhood and youth studies.

4) Nadiya grew up without an oven in her home.

5) She said she caught the pud-making bug in school. She said, since she “comes from a culture where there is no such concept of dessert after dinner” it was baking in home economics classes which sparked her interest.

6) She has admitted it was her husband who persuaded her to enter the show. She said: “My husband tried to get me to apply two years ago and I said, ‘look, I don’t have the confidence to do something like this’, and this year he pretty much forced me and said, ‘you’re really good, you’re really clever, you should just do it, what’s the worst that will happen?’.”

7) Her win was watched by an average of 13.4 million viewers, according to overnight ratings - making it the most watched television programme across all channels of 2015.

8) She now has 59,300 followers on Twitter - over double the 26,000 she had on Monday this week.

9) She was forced to hide her trophy to keep the secret of her win before the final was screened. She said: “I wrapped it in many layers of brown paper, put it in a suitcase and hid it under the bed in case anybody saw it,” she said.

10) She has been hailed as a role model for young British Muslims. Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, president of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB), said she “demonstrated the inclusivity of British Muslims in society”. Nadiya herself has admitted initially fearing she would be dismissed as a “Muslim in a headscarf”, but told Radio Times: “I hope that, week by week, people have realised that I can bake - and just because I’m not a stereotypical British person, it doesn’t mean that I am not into bunting, cake and tea. I’m just as British as anyone else, and I hope I have proved that.”

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