The British-Bangladeshi, Nadiya Hussain, is a self-taught baker, who learned basic cooking skills at school and learned to bake by reading loads of recipe books and watching online videos.
She is the first ever Muslim to earn the title of "The Great British Bake Off," and had the privilege of baking the Queen's birthday cake for her earlier this year. Queen Elizabeth is Britain's "longest reigning monarch" and her 90th birthday was a special occasion for the royal family.
Nadiya was truly honored to have this opportunity and was so excited for the big day. She made a beautiful cake with three tiers and decorated it in shades of purple with gold trimmings. It looked gorgeous, although onlookers commented on the cake looking a little "wonky." Nevertheless, we all know that Nadiya is a whizz in the kitchen, and she chose to make a delicious "orange drizzle delight" with buttercream and marmalade fillings, instead of the usual fruit cake. So, if the presentation wasn't perfect, her mouth - watering flavors sure made up for it.
The occasion was held at the Windsor Town Hall, where Nadiya was able to meet personally and present the Queen with her home – made birthday cake. Nadiya looked on nervously as the Queen sliced into her creation, grabbing the attention of all the guests, as they all sang a "Happy Birthday" chorus to her majesty.
Since winning the contest as Britain's new "Star Baker," Nadiya's career has taken off. Not only has she been interviewed on numerous TV shows and is a reporter for The One Show, but has also shared her cooking talents as a writer. Nadiya is writing a book, and contributes to weekly columns for The Times Magazine, in addition to this, she also writes a monthly column to share her love of cooking in the Essentials Magazine.
Nadiya has used her winning title to make the most out of her career and has done so successfully in a very short time. As a baker, reporter, and writer is an inspiration to women in the Muslim community.