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Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

Part of The Big Feastival 2018 line up...

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

A proud mother 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 debut cookbook KHAZANA to be published by Hodder in September 2018.

In her book, Saliha hopes to build upon her reputation for recreating traditional South East Asian food in a modern and exciting way. John Torode, judge of MasterChefUK quoted ‘Saliha is a class act. She’s walked in here and taken her food culture apart and put it back together in a modern and very exciting way. She always does something a little bit extra – something which always surprises us’.