The Bake off champion 2015 Nadiya Hussain, who recently made the Queen’s
90th birthday cake, was at the opening of the Asia House Bagri Foundation
Literature Festival, London.
She was in conversation with journalist and author Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on 4
May at the opening of Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival,
Cavendish Conference Centre.
Bake off champion Nadiya Hussain who journalist and author Yasmin
Alibhai-Brown once wrote ‘has done more for race relations than any
posturing politician’ was the star at the opening the 10th edition of the
Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival.
A first-generation British Bengali, who was born and raised in Luton,
Bedfordshire shot to fame after winning The Great British Bake Off TV
contest in 2015. She is now a columnist, TV presenter and has even signed up
with a publisher to launch her first cookbook Nadiya’s Kitchen, which is set
for release in June 2016. Following her wedding at the age of twenty she
moved to Leeds and lived there for eleven years until recently moving down
to Milton Keynes.
On future plans she said she will host her own BBC One TV cookery show
titled The Chronicles of Nadiya in which she will travel to Bangladesh to
trace her culinary roots and explore how food has changed in her homeland.
It will be her first return to Bangladesh since she got married. Prior to
her marriage she said she travelled almost every year to Bangladesh. She is
from Beanibazar, Sylhet. Of her fond memories of Bangladesh she talked
lovingly of her granddad with whom she even tried to plough the fields.
It is widely thought that her appearance on the ITV show and her ensuing
popularity has contributed greatly towards improving race relations in the
UK, shifting stereotypes and increasing acceptance of cultural diversity.
Nadiya Hussain was interviewed by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, author of among
other books Exotic England: The Making of a Curious Nation, also a columnist
for The Independent, at Asia House.