Bake Off winner hosting BBC's cook off

Nadiya Hussain won The Great British Bake Off in a final that attracted 15 million viewers in 2015.
Nadiya Hussain won The Great British Bake Off in a final that attracted 15 million viewers in 2015.PHOTO: LOVE PRODUCTIONS

LONDON • One of the most popular winners of The Great British Bake Off is fronting another huge cook-off.

Nadiya Hussain will host The Big Family Cooking Showdown, the BBC's attempt to re-create the wildly popular The Great British Bake Off, which is moving to its rival Channel 4, say British reports.

Nadiya, who won the baking programme in a final that attracted 15 million viewers in 2015, will host the new show with television presenter Zoe Ball, says The Guardian.

The hosts and the judges, chefs Rosemary Shrager and Giorgio Locatelli, will be invited into 16 households competing with their family recipes, adds the report.

"Family and food have always gone hand in hand and I'm looking forward to getting to know the recipes and traditions of the different families taking part," Nadiya is quoted as saying. "Having been through a food competition as an amateur cook myself, I know exactly how tough it can get and so I'll be there for them, alongside Zoe, as the pressure builds."

This is not the first programme the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants is fronting for the BBC. Last year, she hosted The Chronicles Of Nadiya, a cookery and travel show that followed her to Bangladesh. She will also star in Nadiya's British Food Adventure, which follows her on a road trip around the country.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown is set to air later this year.

The Great British Bake Off is also expected to air on Channel 4 around the same time, with one of the two original judges, Paul Hollywood, moving with it to its new home.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2017, with the headline 'Bake Off winner hosting BBC's cook off'. Print Edition | Subscribe