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2017 Highlights

Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

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Saliha will be at the Festival on Friday 22 September. See her around the festival in live interviews.


Having been a passionate home cook all her life, Saliha Mahmood Ahmed battled 64 contestants in front of 6 million viewers to become the winner of this year’s MasterChef 2017.

A proud mother-of-one and wife, Saliha also works as a junior doctor in North West London, specialising in Gastroenterology. Balancing a life in food and medicine, Saliha has enjoyed appearing at various food festivals across the country since her time on MasterChef and has begun writing her first cookbook.

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.”

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