Kate Bohdanowicz

Mrs Marshall and Dr Jabbar by Nadiya Hussain

Bake Off’s queen of cakes reveals how one amazing teacher inspired her love for baking, while another protected her from racist bullies

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I had two special teachers at Challney High School for Girls in Luton and each made an impact on me for different reasons. Mrs Marshall introduced me to baking and Dr Jabbar supported me at a time when I was being subjected to racist bullying.

I was slightly introverted as a child and I was probably the darkest Asian kid at my school. As a consequence, lots of horrible things happened to me. There was pushing, shoving and name-calling, and I was physically attacked [Nadiya was once smothered in white chalk dust]. My response was not to respond – instead, I turned to Dr Jabbar.

'He understood ...

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