Baking queen and 2015 GBBO champion Nadiya Hussain, is set to return to our screens this autumn as a judge on the new series of Junior Bake Off.
now I get to go back and help encourage the next generation to get their bake on
Judging alongside chef and food writer Allegra McEvedy, the mother-of-three will oversee 40 young bakers as they compete to impress.
Aged nine to twelve, the contestants will each face two challenges (the Technical Bake and the Showstopper as seen in the original series) over a series of 10 heats, creating bakes from biscuits, to cakes and pastries.
Hussain said: “I’m delighted to be joining Junior Bake Off as a judge. This time last year I was in the Bake Off tent and now I get to go back and help encourage the next generation to get their bake on.”
Winner of the Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood- fronted baking programme last summer, Hussain has gone on to enjoy a wealth of success in the media.
Back in April, she was commissioned to create the Queen’s official 90th birthday cake and in June the 31-year-old released her first cook book, Nadiya’s Kitchen.
Hussain is also set to front her own TV show, entitled The Chronicles of Nadiya, which will see her trace her culinary roots from her birthplace in Bangladesh.
Susanne Rock, executive producer for Love Productions, the company behind Bake Off, said: “As the winner of last year’s Great British Bake Off, Nadiya proved herself to be one of the most talented, committed and hard-working bakers the tent has ever seen.”
She added that Hussain “is an inspiration to many of the young bakers” taking part in the show.
We'll be looking out for those quirky facial expressions!
Bake Off became the most-watched TV programme of last year, with an average audience of 15.1 million viewers.
The new series of the regular Bake Off begins on August 24.
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By Harriette Casey