Saliha Mahmood- Ahmed

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Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, 29, from Watford, beat off fellow-competitors Giovanna Ryan and Steve Kielty.

Saliha impressed judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace as a “class act”.

She said she wanted to combine her love of cooking with her medical career, by helping people with special dietary conditions find their ideal foods.

The junior doctor and mum-of-one, who battled from 64 amateur cooks to take the prize, swapped on-call shifts with colleagues to ensure she could take part in the contest.

In her career, she specialises in gastroenterology – but she also dreams of writing cookbooks and tackling obesity.

On her win, Saliha said: “To be the Masterchef champion is fantastic and wonderful. Adjectives are not sufficient. This is definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my life!

“It involved a lot of hard work and early starts – late nights cooking after 13-hour long shifts, no holidays, no breaks, no sleep – but it was well worth it!”

Saliha’s love of cooking was influenced by her family and she was also encouraged by a teacher, who, at 15, entered her into the school Chef of the Year competition, which she won.

“I’m from a big Pakistani family and we use food as a way of bringing everyone together,” she said.

“I had very passionate grandmothers who cooked traditional Pakistani food and my mum is also an excellent cook. We love to feed people – it runs in our genes.”

 

See Saliha Mahmood- Ahmed:

  • BlackheathSunday 9th July

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