‘I know you – you work at H&M!’ Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain reveals how she was mistaken for a SALES assistant while shopping with her daughter
The Great British Bake Off made her a household name in the UK, so much so that Nadiya Hussain now gets recognised on the street wherever she goes.
But it’s clear that not everybody is able to put a name to a face, as the 33-year-old mother-of-three was recently mistaken for an H&M sales assistant while out shopping with her daughter.
The TV star, who rose to fame after winning the sixth series of GBBO in 2015, said a man came up to her to say: ‘I know you – you work at H&M’.
Nadiya Hussain, who shot to fame after winning GBBO in 2015, reveals not everyone is able to correctly recognise her when she’s out in public as one man mistook her for a sales assistant at H&M
Nadiya, whose new series Nadiya’s Family Favourites begins on Monday, July 16 on BBC Two, told The Times’s Grant Tucker that often she avoids supermarkets as it can be frustrating when legions of fans ask her for a selfie while she is trying to run errands.
Instead, she prefers to shop online for groceries.
When the Chronicles of Nadiya star, who lives in Milton Keynes, does go shopping in the real world, she often adopts a white headscarf as she says it ‘confuses’ people, as they don’t recognise her so easily.
It may be why the man who approached her while out shopping recognised her face, but couldn’t place where he had seen her before.
She revealed she had put her best TV smile on and braced herself for a selfie request, only to be wrongly identified as a sales assistant.
Nadiya has revealed she often wears a white headscarf out in public so that she won’t get recognised so easily, as she says it ‘confuses’ people
Despite being a TV star, Nadiya prefers to keep her grocery bills low, using the ‘lowest to highest price’ filter on supermarket websites to keep costs down.
Earlier this year, she told Good Food magazine that spends under £6 a day on food for her family of five, or £40 a week.
She wrote in her monthly BBC Good Food magazine column in February: ‘I love the challenge every week of seeing how far under I can get from that final total of £40.
‘It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen occasionally. I quite literally do a celebratory dance.’
Nadiya Hussain was mistaken for a sales assistant at H&M by one confused member of the public – who clearly hasn’t watched enough Bake Off
She said she hasn’t changed her budget at all since becoming a star – though she now buys less nappies as her children don’t need them anymore.
Nadiya also manages to keep her bills low by only eating meat or fish at the weekends, freezing leftovers to double up on dinners, and buying frozen vegetables and canned fruit instead of fresh.
The Great British Bake Off champion recently revealed that she only allows herself to eat one meal a day at 5pm – as well as going for a daily five kilometre (3.1 mile) jog.
The star says it’s how she keeps her weight under control in between filming her cooking shows.
She will drink tea, coffee and eat fruit, but otherwise will just have one meal with her childen at 5pm each day when not working.