BAKE Off star Nadiya Hussain is closing in on a £5million fortune after banking a tasty ton of cash during lockdown.
The popular cook was estimated to be worth £3.7m last year thanks to her culinary skills.
And she’s added close to another £1million pounds to her coffers in 2020 thanks to her swift rise from amateur cook to best-selling author and telly star.
She has confessed to using tinned spuds to save cash, but her earnings since winning the show are from being small potatoes.
Nadiya took the GBBO crown in 2015 and since then has penned more than 10 books and carved a lucrative career for herself through other foodie TV shows and raked in dough from personal appearances and cookery demonstrations.
Nadiya set up her own firm – Nadiya J Hussain Ltd – soon after winning the Great British Bake Off to handle cash from her new enterprises.
Latest figures filed to Companies House show that she has more than £200,000 in cash.
She also paid a total of £75,000 in Corporation Tax last year – meaning that with expenses deducted, she earned approaching £1 million in 2020.
Nadiya, from Luton, Beds, has also appeared as a reporter on the One Show and writes newspaper and magazine columns.
She has also taken part in a travel show – The Chronicles of Nadiya – and filmed TV Nadiya’s British Food Adventure, Nadiya’s Family Favourites and Time to Eat.
But she raised eyebrows when she confessed to her tinned potatoes money-saver.
Speaking during an appearance on Chris Evans' Virgin Radio Breakfast Show she said: "I've always used canned veg.
"There was a big thing about canned potatoes, and there's nothing wrong with them, there's nothing wrong with eating them."
Explaining how she got into the tinned food lifestyle, Nadiya continued: "Seven or eight years ago there was a moment in my life where I really wanted to eat potatoes, I could live on potatoes.
"I had to choose between if I wanted to rack up the gas bill and boil potatoes… It was cheaper for me to just go out and get them.”
Nadiya concluded: "I use tinned potatoes if I need to add potatoes to something, just to save time."
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