We take a closer look at the mum from Luton who trounched Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming in the final
The Great British Bake 2015 saw 12 contestants have their makes scrutinised by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood over 11 episodes.
As the weeks went on, we waved goodbye to many talented individuals including nurse Alvin Magallanes and fire fighter Mat Riley.
And when contemporary art gallery assistant Flora Shedden was booted out after failing to impress in the tenth week of the competition, presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins named the three finalists as Nadiya Hussain, Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming.
Over 14 million viewers tuned in to watch the last episode of the series, which saw a tearful Nadiya named the winner.
We must admit that this hardly came as a surprise seeing as her triple-tiered lemon drizzle cake was hailed as ’sheer perfection’ by the judges.
‘To the amazing people who gave me this opportunity. To my gorgeous baker friends. What a ride. Thank you #GBBO,’ a stunned Nadiya wrote on Twitter.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2015 champion of The Great British Bake Off…
1. Nadiya is a full-time mum from Luton who had to work late into the evening to perfect her GBBO creations.
‘I would get the children to bed and then I’d practise until about two or three in the morning. I would do the same recipe every day until I got it right,’ she said.
‘I couldn’t do it in the day as I had all the housework to do – but once the kids were in bed and I had nobody bothering me or asking me for things, I could focus completely on what I had to do.’
2. Nadiya’s interest in getting crafty in the kitchen dates back to her days as a 12-year-old student at Challney High School.
‘I had to make puff pastry in my first class. I remember my teacher Mrs Marshall saying I was really good. I love making British classics, things that Mrs Marshall taught me,’ she revealed.
‘I wonder if she has been watching Bake Off, because she was definitely the person who inspired me.’
3. Nadiya went on to further her education at Luton Sixth Form College, leaving in 2003 with A levels in English language, psychology and religious studies.
4. Nadiya was awarded the prestigious ‘Star Baker’ title three times over the course of the BBC competition.
5. During her time on the show, Nadiya became famed for clearly displaying her emotions on her face. Fans took to Twitter each week to document her latest scowls, grimaces and smiles.
‘Whatever your mood I’m pretty sure there’s a Nadiya facial expression to match it,’ quipped one viewer.
Another added: ‘All hail facial expressions queen, Nadiya #GBBO.’
6. Nadiya initially had concerns that her appearance would lead members of the public to view her in a certain way.
‘Originally, I was a bit nervous that perhaps people would look at me, a Muslim in a headscarf, and wonder if I could bake,’ she confessed.
‘Just because I’m not a stereotypical British person, it doesn’t mean that I am not into bunting, cake and tea.’
6. Prime Minister David Cameron backed Nadiya to win, describing her as ‘cool under pressure’.