My guest today is Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

Saliha was the winner of Masterchef last year in 2017 and she won whilst also working full time as a Junior Doctor – often turning up to film the show straight off the back of a night shift. In addition she also has a young son – so the whole thing was really rather impressive.

Known for her big and bold flavours – Saliha wowed the judges with food steeped in her family’s heritage. She’s written her first cookbook – Khazana – meaning treasure trove and it certainly is that.

In an interview with the Times she was quoted as having said:

“The other day when I was tired I gave my husband a jacket potato and I had one too, and I felt really miserable afterwards. I thought, ‘this surely can't be life!"

Saliha Mahmood Ahmed on Desert Island Dishes

I’ve learnt something from each and every episode of desert island dishes – and for none is that more true than today’s episode where I discovered so much I really had little to no idea about before and that made it really fun! Please ignore my extreme English accent and I’m sure I pronounce things in an extreme anglicised way so I hope you forgive me and enjoy today’s episode!

Saliha's book is out now and you can get it here.

Listen to Saliha’s episode of Desert Island Dishes here.

Khazana - Saliha Mahmood Ahmed - Masterchef - Margie Nomura