Bake off champ returns home


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FOODIE: Nadiya Hussein was in Leeds earlier this week to host a cooking demonstration

FOODIE: Nadiya Hussein was in Leeds earlier this week to host a cooking demonstration

Nadiya hosts scrumptious cooking demo in Leeds

The nation’s favourite chef made a triumphant return to Leeds on Thursday 10th December, as Nadiya Hussein cooked up a storm in the Merrion Centre.

Having clinched the Great British bake-Off title earlier this year, the mum-of-three returned to her former home city for a baking demonstration to the delight of the gathered crowds.

COOKING: Nadiya won the nation’s hearts when she was crowned British Bake-Off winner earlier this year (Pic credit: BBC/Love Productions)

COOKING: Nadiya won the nation’s hearts when she was crowned British Bake-Off winner earlier this year (Pic credit: BBC/Love Productions)

Teaching shoppers how to make some of her delicious recipes - including cheese and tomato spiral biscuits and cardamom and coconut whoopie pies - Nadiya’s lovable personality was on show for all to see during the exhibition.

Retailers also offered a selection of scrumptious baked treats to shoppers in the centre.

Praising the city which supported her ‘baking bid’ on the BBC, Nadiya said: “I’ve lived in Leeds for the last 10 years and it’s an honour to host my own bakery session in a familiar venue,” she said.

“Winning the Bake Off means I’ve been travelling lots and had some great opportunities, but despite this, being back in Leeds, in recognisable surroundings, is really comforting.”

As well as being tempted with mouth-watering treats, Nadiya was on hand to answer culinary questions from customers and to pose with them for photos.

Raising money for the Candlelighters charity, shoppers could even pick up an autograph menu card for just £1 and take some recipes home with them.

Cassie Turner, events and marketing planner at the Merrion Centre, was delighted to see the television star in the city.

“As a city I think it’s fair to say we were all behind Nadiya and delighted she was crowned Bake Off champion 2015,” she said.

“We know a lot of our shoppers are die-hard foodies and we’re thrilled that we’re able to offer them some free advice and free samples. Hopefully it will provide a little bit of inspiration for their own Christmas party menus.”

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