She’s been the nation’s sweetheart since she won the Great British Bake Off last year – and super-cook Nadiya Hussain now juggles a busy life that combines being a wife and mum of three with being a celebrity columnist, presenter of her own TV travel show and cookbook writer.
Her love of cooking started at school – and it runs throughout her entire life, especially at home with her family.
“My kitchen is my favourite place, without a shadow of a doubt,” she says. “We all congregate in the kitchen. It has the nicest atmosphere, and always the nicest smells.
“One of our favourite meals has to be an Irish stew with lemon thyme and sourdough.”
Latest winner Candice Brown will soon find – like Nadiya – that winning Bake Off can completely change your life. “I never saw this happening post-Bake Off. I never imagined I would have any of these opportunities,” says Nadiya.
“So all I can hope for is that I continue to get these chances and that I can do this for as long as possible. I would love to see all the decisions I have made go from strength to strength.
“As long as my can-do attitude can rub off onto my children, I’m a happy mum.”