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Bradford’s Bangladeshi bake-off

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WINNER: The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Geoff Reid, was on hand to present prizes to the contestants

WINNER: The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Geoff Reid, was on hand to present prizes to the contestants

Showcasing the skills and talents of Yorkshire’s first generation

A cultural event, aimed at showcasing the talents of Yorkshire’s first-generation of Bangladeshi women, has been hailed a ‘huge success’ by organisers, after the ‘bake off’ arrived in Bradford.

On Saturday 26th November, women from across the city showcased their baking talents as a delectable mix of sweet and savoury dishes were served up at the city’s first Pitha Mela.

Held at the Shapla Community Hall, in Manningham, traditional delights, including, coconut samosas, bapas and boras, were cooked up and served in the first event of its kind.

Judges for the day included the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Bradford, Cllr Geoff Reid and Mrs Chris Reid.

Humayun Islam, who organised the event in affiliation with the BEAP Community Partnership, was delighted to ‘shine a light on some of the city’s most talented ladies’.

“The day was all about showcasing the skills of women from Bradford’s Bangladeshi community, highlighting the unique talents they possess,” he said.

“As well as presenting prizes for first, second and third place, the ladies were also able to sell so much of the food that they made, demonstrating entrepreneurial skills.

“It was such a success that by the end of the day, women were already talking about how to make the event even bigger next year.”

CELEBRATIONS: Bradford’s Bangladeshi community turned out in huge numbers for the city’s first every Pitha Mela

CELEBRATIONS: Bradford’s Bangladeshi community turned out in huge numbers for the city’s first every Pitha Mela

Representatives from the Bradford Bulls Foundation also called down on the day to show their support to the local project, alongside other community groups.

Winners of the bake off were presented with a stainless steel set of cutlery as well as a dinner set.

Humayun added: “We are in a position today where the first generation of Bangladeshi women who came to Bradford are still living here in the city.

“They have so much to offer to the city as a whole and this event showcased some of their unique abilities which we cannot simply lose.

“A big thank you has to go out to all the people who helped make the event possible, and of course the women and children who came down on the day.”

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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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EXCLUSIVE: Bake off star talks to the Asian Express

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WINNER: Nadiya Hussain won the Great British Bake Off title earlier this month

WINNER: Nadiya Hussain won the Great British Bake Off title earlier this month

Nadiya talks highlights and struggles in the UK’s most famous kitchen

From prestigious ‘Hollywood handshakes’ to the odd ‘wobbly bottom’, this year’s Great British Bake Off once again proved to be the UK’s favourite show, drawing in figures of over 14 million for the grand final.

After five delicious weeks, and the elimination of nine contestants, it was Leeds’ own Nadiya Hussain who eventually clinched the renowned Bake Off title from hosts Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

Now, as she ponders what to cook up next in her life, the nation’s favourite baker has taken time out of her busy schedule to catch up with the Asian Express newspaper.

 

FFAMOUS: From baking for her family in Leeds to showcasing her talents in the kitchen to millions nationwide, it has been a meteoric rise for Nadiya (Images courtesy of: BBC/Love Productions)

FFAMOUS: From baking for her family in Leeds to showcasing her talents in the kitchen to millions nationwide, it has been a meteoric rise for Nadiya (Images courtesy of: BBC/Love Productions)

Q. Firstly congratulations on your success, when you first entered did you think you would make it all the way?
A. Thank you so much. When I first entered I never imagined I would do so well. Every week I was in the tent, I felt like I was leaving that week. I never imagined making it past week one so getting to the final was the unlikeliest event in my life.

Q. What has been the highlight of the series for you?
A. The whole experience was a massive highlight for me but I have to say the Hollywood handshake was a moment that I will not forget in a hurry. Paul seems to be very selective when handing these out. So getting one felt like being initiated into an exclusive Hollywood handshake club.

Q. What was the hardest moment for you?
A. The hardest moments for me were the weeks when I got lowest in the technical. The technical felt like my Achilles heel, so every time I did badly I believed I would be out.

Q. How did you feel going into the final episode?
A. The final episode felt like a bit of a blur. There was an eerie, calm concentration in the air, which was unsettling and relaxing in equal measures. But it was all too real, that these were to be our final bakes and I know, at least for me, it felt like I had won just being in the final.

Q. How have you changed since the first episode? Are you more confident in your abilities in the kitchen?
A. I have always been confident in the kitchen with my cooking and baking. I am confident in my abilities within the confines and comfort of my family’s bosom. So bringing all these skills domain made me really rather nervous. Having baked and cooked now on the show, I feel more confident as a baker and as a person.

Q. People have loved seeing your personality blossom on television, with some memorable faces, how have you enjoyed this reception?
A. I have been overwhelmed by the reception of the kind people in the UK and all across the globe. I never imagined my facial expressions or personality would capture anyone, but it’s safe to say it has been one of the most enjoyable receptions I have ever received.

Q. Who is your inspiration in the kitchen?
A. My family are my inspiration in the kitchen. They are the reason I take joy in everything I produce because everything I do make is always so well received (apart from a bake that had lavender in it!). It is the sheer joy on their faces that inspires me to bake every single day.

Q. You have been praised as a Muslim role model, how does that feel?
A. I have been praised as a Muslim role model and that is such a wonderful thing. What I do hope I can inspire people to do, is to believe in their own abilities and believe that dreams can become reality, through hard work, determination and simply believing that they can.

Q. What would you say to anyone thinking about applying for next year’s bake off?
A. Take lots of pictures of all your bakes, practice profusely and get that application in. As my wise husband said to me last year, ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’.

Q Finally, what does the future hold for Nadia?
A. I’m not sure what the future holds for me, what I am sure about is that I want to continue to do what I love most, cooking and baking. I will continue to work hard and go through every door that is opened for me. I may even unlock a few doors myself.

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