Jay Brooks was commissioned to picture Nadiya Hussain, the super bright – in every sense – winner of 2015’s Great British Bake Off, for the cover of You magazine.
Since winning Bake Off, the extraordinary Nadiya has had the most incredible year. So remarkable in fact that the Daily Telegraph chose to list her achievements under the title ’10 Inspiring Things Nadiya Hussain has done since winning GBBO. And here they are:
1 Written a cookbook. And it’s not all cakes, it has Asian savouries too!
2 Written a children’s cookbook. It features stories and child friendly recipes and is dedicated to Nadiya’s three children, Musa, Dawud and Maryam. It features photographs of them throughout, is generally rather lovely by all accounts and is out soon.
3 Spoken out about racism. Her comments about how she had come to “expect” racism highlighted just how horrifically ingrained such experiences can become. But she also displayed moving resilience, and a determination to focus on the positive.
“I don’t retaliate. I feel like there’s a dignity in silence, and I feel that if I retaliate to negativity with negativity then we’ve evened out,” she explained. “And I don’t need to even that out, because if somebody’s being negative I need to be the better person.”
4 Landed her own TV show. New two part series The Chronicles of Nadiya starts tonight on BBC One, and will follow the Bake Off winner as she travels to Bangladesh, where her parents were born and where large parts of her extended family still reside. Part cookery show, part travel diary, Chronicles will see Nadiya travel to her family’s village and cook for a relative’s wedding feast.
5 She’s a magazine columnist. She’s writing for The Times Magazine and is planning to revive the swiss roll!
6 She’s been reunited with the woman who taught her to bake. Her secondary school home economics teacher Jean Marshall who got her “hooked” on baking, sparking a passion for traditional British puddings and sponges.
7 She’s baked a birthday cake for the Queen.
8 She’s been named as one of the most influential people in Britain by Debretts.
9 She’s getting remarried so that she can have a party – her first wedding in Bangladesh wasn’t a lot of fun
10 And she’s moving to Milton Keynes! (Not entirely sure that is really inspiring)
And she has been on Desert Island Discs.
Quite a year!