Leeds’ baking queen Nadiya Jamir Hussain has revealed she nearly quit the Great British Bake Off series - before even starring in it.
The mum-of-three, of Oakwood/Rounday, who baked to victory in the nail-biting finale, said: “Before I did Bake Off I did wonder if, after 10 years of being at home, I was work ready.
“When I was called for the final 12 I nearly rang to tell them I couldn’t do it. My speech when I won came from somewhere deep. It was all about the boundaries I put on myself. But with each week of Bake Off another boundary fell away until I felt completely open and free to run as far as I wanted. I feel there’s nothing I can’t do.”
She made the comments in an interview with Hello! magazine and said she definitely wants to keep baking and cooking. She said: “I’d love to do telly and write a book and whatever else comes along, nothing’s sealed yet.”
Nadiya also acknowledged her husband Abdal now has his fair share of fans too, with newspapers calling him a ‘dreamboat’. She said: “Or ‘the Hottie with the Cappuccino Skin!’ That’s what I call him now. It’s not all that surprising though because he is lovely and quite handsome.”
The 30-year-old also spoke about gaining and losing weight after having her children and becoming a size 16/18.
She said: “I briefly tried meal replacements and lost a stone but they didn’t suit me. Instead, I just ate smaller portions of food and walked a lot. I would do five miles before the kids got up and then go out again in the evening. I also drank around 4L of water a day. Gradually, over nine months I lost three stone.”
She said being hailed a role model is a “fantastic thing”.
“From everyone’s responses it seems I’m representing Muslims, Bangladeshis, Luton, Leeds, stay-at-home mums, wives, mothers, the list seems to get bigger. But it’s actually a fantastic thing so many people on so many levels can relate to me. That feels like quite a privilege.”