Nadiya Hussain the butcher? Great British Bake Off champion reveals her surprising skill

Great British Bake Off champion Nadiya Hussain has revealed she is skilled at animal slaughter.

The Luton-born baker, whose family comes from Bangladesh, has become a household name after winning the BBC One contest last year.

She told the Radio Times she learned to slaughter animals in Bangladesh with her grandfather at the age of five.

Mel Giedroyc and Nadiya Jamir Hussain
Presenter Mel Giedroyc and Nadiya in the Bake Off tent  (Love Productions/BBC)

She said: "Goats, sheep, cows, chickens; I can do all that. It was completely normal to us. I'm definitely not squeamish. Ducks as well."

The 31-year-old, who will explore her Bangladeshi background in new BBC series The Chronicles Of Nadiya, continued her butchery training in the UK.

Her father, who owned Indian restaurants, was "very experimental", she said.

Her post-Bake Off career has even seen Nadiya bake from the Queen (John Stillwell/PA)
Her post-Bake Off career has even seen Nadiya bake for the Queen (John Stillwell/PA)

"He would buy a whole sheep and give us a masterclass on how to butcher it... People got used to him. It was like, 'That's just my dad, walking in with a sheep on his shoulder'."

Mother-of-three Nadiya, who was the first Muslim to win the Bake Off, also said she has shrugged off any pressure to "represent" her community.

Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya
Nadiya's family are from Bangladesh (Love Productions/BBC)

"I'm just me," she said. "I'm a part of the Bangladeshi community, I'm a part of the Muslim community, I'm British.

"But my aim isn't to represent any of those communities, my aim is to represent me, and the best job and the most important job that I do is being a mum - and if I can nail that then I'm happy."

Read the full interview in this week's issue of Radio Times.

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