Leeds Bake Off queen Nadiya ‘slowly bloomed’

Nadiya Jamir Hussain celebrates with judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Love Productions/PA Wire
Nadiya Jamir Hussain celebrates with judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. Love Productions/PA Wire
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Leeds’s very own Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Jamir Hussain “slowly bloomed” during the show, Sue Perkins said during a special edition of Chatty Man.

The Bake Off presenter joined Alan Carr for the Chatty Man Stand Up To Cancer special, where they looked back at Wednesday’s final.

On Nadiya’s win, she said: “She made a beautiful peacock.

“She made fizzing cans of pop.

“She had no confidence and she slowly bloomed and she delivered and she is a beautiful, beautiful woman and made some great bakes.

“Very well deserved.”

And Nadiya says that the whole family are proud of what she has achieved.

She admitted to a lack of confidence before she went on the show, with her husband Abdal, a technical manager, and her sister-in-law persuading her to apply.

The stay-at-home mother walked out of the Bake Off tent “a much stronger, confident person” after being crowned winner of series six, beating Ian Cumming and Tamal Ray in an emotional final which had judge Mary Berry in tears

The 30-year-old, who became loved for her expressive face, said it was “surreal” to finally be able to talk about her achievement after keeping her win on the BBC show a secret.

Viewers on social media shared the mum-of-three’s joy after she clinched the title with a trio of puds - including a wedding cake as her final showstopper.

A tearful Nadiyam, who lives in Roundhay/Oakwood, spoke of feeling like “a giant” when her win was announced, adding she was now “a much stronger, confident person”.