Nadiya Hussain Success Story
Nadiya Jamir Hussain MBE was born born on the 25th of December 1984. She is a British TV chef, author and television presenter. She rose to fame after winning the sixth series of BBC’s- The Great British Bake Off in 2015. Since winning, she has signed contracts with the BBC to host the documentary -The Chronicles of Nadiya , TV cookery series, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure and Nadiya’s Family Favourites. She co-presented The Big Family Cooking Showdown and has become a regular contributor on The One Show .Hussain is a columnist for The Times Magazine and has signed publishing deals with Penguin Random House, Hodder Children’s Books and Harlequin. She has appeared as a guest panellist on ITV ‘s Loose Women . She was invited to bake a cake for the 90th birthday celebrations of Elizabeth II .In 2017, Hussain was named by Debrett’s as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK and was on BBC News ‘ 100 Women list. She was also shortlisted for Children’s Book of the Year prize at the British Book Awards for Bake Me A Story and was nominated for Breakthrough Star at the Royal Television Society Awards for The Chronicles of Nadiya .Ted Cantle, the author of a government report on community cohesion , said Hussain had done “more for British-Muslim relations than 10 years of government policy”. Hussain is a second-generation British Bangladeshi , born and raised in Luton, Bedfordshire, where she attended Beech Hill Primary School, Challney High School and Luton Sixth Form College . She has five siblings: three sisters and two brothers.
Hussain’s Sylheti father, who originates from Beanibazar , was a chef and owned an Indian restaurant. Hussain started wearing a hijab at age 14 to cover up her “bad hair more than anything else” because her father “cut it really badly.” As a teenager, she was diagnosed with panic disorder and underwent cognitive behavioural therapy. She revealed her mental health difficulties in a Sport Relief film and tackled childhood anxiety in her book My Monster and Me. Hussain learned basic cooking skills at school. Her mother never baked and used the oven for storage. She taught herself the rest from recipe books and watching videos on YouTube. Her favourite book is a baking-themed book by Irish novelist Marian Keyes . At the time of The Great British Bake Off , Hussain was “a full-time mum” living in Leeds with her husband, an IT specialist, and three children, while studying for an Open University degree in Childhood and Youth Studies. When she won the final they moved to Milton Keynes nearer to London so that she could pursue a culinary career.In 2018, Hussain launched her own Homeware range in collaboration with BlissHome .
The collection features designs across a full tableware range, as well as spice racks, candles, aprons, oven gloves and tea towels. Hussain’s Make Life Colourful Range from BlissHome won ‘Best Brand Licensed Homewares Product or Range’ at the 2019 Brand & Lifestyle Licensing Awards.