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HOMETOWN HEROINE: Great British Bake Off champ Nadiya Hussain takes her TV career to the next level

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Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain has embarked on a new presenting role as she stars in Big Family Cooking Showdown.

The young mother of three, from Leeds, whose witty one-liners and captivating smile, has made a significant impact towards overturning more prejudiced perceptions of women who wear the hijab.

She is co-hosting with Zoe Ball on BBC Two in a show which sees 16 families from across the UK battle it out in the kitchen.

The competitors are judged by TV cook Rosemary Shrager and Michelin star chef Giorgio Locatelli.

In the show, two families, each represented by three members, will face off in the kitchen over three rounds in the hunt to find Britain's best family of cooks.

Having won Bake Off in 2015 Nadiya has said they progamme is as much as about the dynamics of a family as it is about food.

She said: "It's not one person cooking, so it falls on everybody to have a role in the group and that's really interesting to watch because it's no different to most family homes when you're all in the kitchen together.

"These are family members: you can see sometimes there is tension and sometimes they work really well together - but when you cook together you cook very differently."

The Big Family Cooking Showdown starts at 8pm on 15th August on BBC Two.

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Bake off bigotry: TV contestant receives online hate messages

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RACIAL SLURS: BBC’s Great British Bake off contestant Rav Bansal has  received racial slurs on social media  (Pic cred: BBC/Love Productions/Mark  Bourdillon)

RACIAL SLURS: BBC’s Great British Bake off contestant Rav Bansal has received racial slurs on social media (Pic cred: BBC/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

The Great British Bake Off is back again and people up and down the country are talking about scones, bread and buns.

However, for some of the contestants on the show, their sugary step into the limelight comes at a price.

28-year-old Rav Bansal, a contestant on this year’s show, has revealed on Twitter that he was asked whether he was a ‘P-ki’ by a stranger who referred to the show as the ‘not-so-British Bake Off’.

Bansal, a Sikh who lives in Erith, Kent with his parents and works at City University, was supported by his fellow contestants, who immediately showed their support in condemning the comments.

Last year's winner, Nadiya Hussain – a British Muslim -has also spoken frankly about racist insults she suffered both on and offline.

TALKING BACK ON TWITTER: Rav revealed he has been called a ‘p***’ by online trolls

TALKING BACK ON TWITTER: Rav revealed he has been called a ‘p***’ by online trolls

Rav’s BBC profile states that he volunteers for charities including Victim Support, has an extremely close family and enjoys vegan baking.

Benjamina Ebuehi, one of his fellow amateur bakers, replied to his tweet about the abuse, saying it was ‘so horrible’. 

Another contestant, Selasi Gbormittah, wrote: “What is happening?”

The show has received record ratings this year, achieving more than 10 million overnight viewers for each of its first two episodes.

The opening episode is now the most-watched show of 2016, with 13.6m views so far.

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Nadiya Hussain: Cake queen scoops up ‘Person of the Year’ award

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BENGALI BRILLIANCE: Baking beauty Nadiya has been hailed the most influential British Bangladeshi

BENGALI BRILLIANCE: Baking beauty Nadiya has been hailed the most influential British Bangladeshi

Bake Off’s Nadiya rises to the top once more

On Tuesday, in the heart of the capital at London’s City Hall, Great British Bake Off champion, Nadiya Hussain was crowned the most influential British Bangladeshi.

Celebrating its fifth year of success, the British Bangaldeshi Power and Inspiration (BBPI) list held a prestigious awards ceremony for a wide spectrum of the British Bangladeshi community - including leading entrepreneurs, social activists and global philanthropists.

Nadiya, who rose to fame on the BBC’s hit baking show, scooped up the ‘Person of the Year’ 2016 award.

The previous winner of this award was The Honourable Judge Khatun Sapnara, the first British Bangladeshi promoted to a senior judicial position at the Crown Court.

Speaking before the event, Nadiya said: “I would like to thank the BBPI for naming me the ‘Person of Year’ 2016. To be part of such a unique celebration of the Bangladeshi community is a fitting culmination of what has been an incredible year for my family and me.”

The list recognises and celebrates the hard work, contribution and efforts of the pioneers, leaders and role models who reinforce positive perceptions of the community. It is thanks to these peoples’ ideas, example, talent and success that Britain can be shaped for the better.

To mark the fifth anniversary of the publication of the BBPI list, the organisers announced the launch of the BBPI Foundation, which will provide both financial and mentoring support to disadvantaged young British Bangladeshi students. More information about the Foundation will be announced in the coming weeks.

Abdal Ullah, Founder of the British Bangladeshi Power & Inspiration Award said: “I am delighted with the success the BBPI has achieved over the last five years. From humble beginnings, the list has become an incredible testament to the exceptional contributions made by the British Bangladeshi community. Every year it becomes harder to put forward just 100 outstanding individuals.

“I am also excited to announce the launch of the BBPI Foundation. This will allow us to support the next generation of British Bangladeshis, to ensure our community continues to thrive and inspire.”

The full BBPI 2016 list can be found  here: www.bbpower-inspiration.com.

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Great British Hate Off: Nadiya received racist threats after BBC baking victory

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WHISKING UP A WONDER: Nadiya is Queen of the cakes, but has unfortunately had to deal with racist trolls online (Photo Credit: BBC/Love Productions)

WHISKING UP A WONDER: Nadiya is Queen of the cakes, but has unfortunately had to deal with racist trolls online (Photo Credit: BBC/Love Productions)

Baking beauty Nadiya Hussain’s win on the Great British Bake Off last October was celebrated by the country as a triumph for multi-cultural Britain.

Three months on, the 31-year-old has spoken about how she became a target for racist threats that became so upsetting that she needed a police guard at her home.

ITV’S Loose Women invited the mother-of-three on their show to talk to panellists.

Nadiya explained how she was bombarded with insults and abuse over her religion by anti-Islamic trolls on Twitter.

Her concern over the nasty comments led her to believe that her family could be in danger. After receiving the threats, she called police officers to her home.

Mrs Hussain, her husband Abdal, 34, and their children have since moved to a new home in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

She said: “There was quite a lot of negativity on Twitter.

“I tried really hard not to look at it. My husband is one of those who has to read everything, so he sat there and read everything.

“You can do two things, and the old me would have very much regretted everything, and there were times when I thought, 'What have I done? Am I putting my kids in danger?' and he was always the one to just say, 'It's OK. They're such a minority and it doesn't matter'.

“And if anything, I proved to myself that I can have the confidence not to care what people think.

“For me, that's what came out of it all.”

Loose Women host Ruth Langsford said Mrs Hussain had become a ‘poster girl’ for ‘being British and being a Muslim’ which had in turn become ‘quite nasty’.

Mrs Hussain said her family were not intimidated by the threats.

“It was scary but my kids loved it,” she added. “They were like, 'Ooh, policemen.”

Nadiya’s management declined to comment further.

Since winning the Bake Off, Nadiya has become a columnist for The Times Magazine and has signed a publishing deal with Penguin Random House. The recipe book in the pipeline is expected to hit shelves in June.

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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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CHAMP: 2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

CHAMP: 2015 Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain

Great British Bake Off winner’s to cook up a storm in Leeds

For the first time since she baked her way to fame, Nadiya Hussain returns to her adopted home city to share some secrets of that success.

The 2015 Great British Bake Off champion will be hosting her first cooking demonstration in Leeds, in the Merrion Centre on Thursday 10th December.

Nadiya, 30, who lived with her husband and three children in Leeds until recently, will be tantalising taste buds by teaching shoppers how to make some of her delicious recipes, including cheese and tomato spiral biscuits and cardamom and coconut whoopie pies.  Retailers will also be offering a selection of scrumptious baked treats completely free.

“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.”

Shoppers are welcome to come along and meet Nadiya in the Merrion Centre, at the demo kitchen in front of Santa’s Grotto, between 12.30pm and 3pm.

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

“As a city I think it’s fair to say we were all behind Nadiya and delighted she was crowned Bake Off champion 2015,” said Cassie Turner Events and Marketing Planner at the Merrion Centre.

“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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