Nadiya Hussain will be fronting two new cookery shows on BBC One and BBC Two.
In a new documentary series for BBC One, Nadiya will be travelling to North America to discover how migrants are influencing modern American cuisine, and on BBC Two Nadiya returns to what she loves best; baking her favourite treats.
Nadiya’s American Melting Pot
America is a land of immigrants, welcoming over a million new arrivals every year. Nadiya Hussain will travel to two of the most diverse vibrant hubs in modern North America - California and Louisiana - to find out how generations of migrants are changing the national menu. Nadiya’s American Melting Pot will be a personal journey as she meets the families keeping the traditions of their homelands alive through the food - just like Nadiya’s family did when they moved to Britain.
From Southern Vietnamese crawfish boils to colourful Californian Latino bakeries, Nadiya will be getting to grips with different food cultures and immersing herself with the locals. She’ll help out in the family businesses and share in joyful family celebrations. She’ll also be cooking for people she meets, inspired by their delicious native cuisine: from the Central American night markets of LA to catfishing in the Louisiana swamps Nadiya will take us on her most delicious food journey yet.
California is home to one of the most diverse populations in America. Nadiya will travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco to meet people who are passionate about Latin, Asian and Middle Eastern food culture they’re bringing to America. Nadiya is invited to a Mexican Quinceanera an extravagant fiesta celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday, she cooks for an all-female daredevil rodeo riding team and she makes handmade fortune cookies with a grandma in one of the last remaining workshops in San Francisco's Chinatown.
In New Orleans Nadiya meets people keeping old Creole traditions alive and travels to Cajun country where she spends time with a family fishing in the Louisiana swamps. Nadiya bakes King Cakes to kick off carnival season, she meets a family grocer bringing food and hope to areas previously destroyed by hurricane Katrina in the Lower 9th Ward and cooks up her a colourful crayfish boil with Vietnamese restauranteurs who are fusing the flavours of their homeland with the finest Louisiana seafood resulting in a dish that blows Nadiya’s mind.
Nadiya Hussain says: “I love meeting people who are as passionate as I am about sharing the food of their homelands. I learnt so much about the amazing ways that cultures mix in America to create exciting twists on delicious local delicacies. I can’t wait to share my American adventure!”
Beejal Patel, Commissioning Editor, says: “Nadiya is such a treat to travel with. In her latest journey she meets fascinating people discovering how food connects cultures in the culinary melting pot of America whilst rolling up her sleeves and creating delicious dishes with a unique Nadiya twist.”
Nadiya’s American Melting Pot, a 2x60' for BBC One, is made by Wall to Wall Media. It was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director, BBC Content and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. Beejal Patel is the Commissioning Editor. The Executive Producers are Katy Fryer and Anna Miralis.
Nothing brings Nadiya Hussain more happiness than baking sweet treats for her loved ones. Baking made Nadiya a national treasure and, for the first time since winning The Great British Bake Off in 2015, she returns to BBC Two to share her passion for baking. Nadiya Bakes is a brand new series dedicated to celebrating the joy of creating and sharing her favourite homemade cakes, bakes and delicious pastries alongside exciting new recipes inspired by other passionate bakers.
In each episode, Nadiya will delve into a different delicious bakes from choux pastry to celebration cakes and biscuits. She’ll be travelling around the UK visiting extraordinary bakeries to discover the stories behind the treats that make her happiest - from authentic Glaswegian churros to a Ghanaian Bakery in Tottenham. Uncovering new recipes and techniques, she’ll be bringing back what she’s learned to her own kitchen to create mouth-watering twists on the original. She’ll also share a range of hacks, tips and cheats that make baking as easy as pie.
A spectacular bake is the perfect centrepiece to any celebration so Nadiya will also respond to emergency call-outs to visit members of the public who are organising a big celebration that requires a tasty bake for a hungry crowd. Together, they’ll whip up a delicious treat that will delight and impress in equal measures.
Nadiya Hussain says: “Nothing makes me happier than baking. I’m so excited to share new recipes and learn from other passionate bakers along the way in my newest series for BBC Two.”
Ricky Cooper, Commissioning Editor, Factual says: “To have Nadiya baking again feels like a massive treat for viewers. I can’t wait to see what mouth-watering collection of cakes, biscuits, pies and pastries she’ll be rustling up for herself, and for the people she meets all across the UK.”
Nadiya Bakes, a 6x30’ for BBC Two with a 1x60’ summer special, is made by Wall to Wall Media. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two. Ricky Cooper is the Commissioning Editor, Factual. The Executive Producers are Katy Fryer and Anna Miralis.