"I am their daughter. They are me. I am my Baba's stubborn back bone and his great brows. I am my mum's resilience and wide birthing hips. I am their traditions, their hang ups, their loss, their tears. I am their human, their child.'"
Born on Christmas Day to parents who had emigrated to Britain from Bangladesh, Nadiya Hussain grew up in a Muslim family with five siblings. She entered an arranged marriage aged twenty, becoming a wife and mother herself; suffers with panic disorder; and had never been on a train on her own until she travelled to audition for The Great British Bake-Off: "I was everything – a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother – but I still was nowhere near finding me."
This autumn, Nadiya will be interviewed live on stage by 'Iron Chef' winner Marcus Bean, to celebrate the publication of her brand new book 'Finding My Voice'. Join the TV presenter, cook and bestselling author, as she considers her roles as mother, Muslim, working woman and celebrity, and questions the barriers which many women must cross to be accepted or heard. In her own warm, honest and humorous way, Nadiya highlights how, at the core of it all, we are essentially tackling the same issues despite our cultural, social and religious differences.
The event will be followed by a book signing with Nadiya. Copies of the book will be on sale on the night.
About Marcus Bean
Having run a very successful pub in Shropshire with his wife Jenny, passionate, self-taught chef Marcus Bean entered, and won, the hugely popular Channel 4 cooking series 'Iron Chef' in 2010. He breezed through the first two rounds and went on to beat the two Michelin starred chef Martin Blunos, in the final.
He has appeared on ITV's 'This Morning', The Good Food Channel’s 'Market Kitchen', Channel 4’s 'What’s Cooking? with Ben Shepherd and Lisa Faulkner' and ITV’s children’s cookery show 'Munch Box'. Marcus is a chef at and presenter of the Chefs' Super Theatre at the BBC Good Food Shows, working with the likes of James Martin, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge and many more and is also the author of a cookery book called 'Chicken', which was published by Nourish books in 2014.