The clichÃ© of a TV talent show changing contestantsâ€™ lives has become as common as a Great British Bake Off soggy bottom.
But for Nadiya, 31, the world post-Bake-Off is looking very different indeed.
Just 12 months ago she was a stay-at-home mum in Leeds, her days consisting of â€œschool run, packed lunches, after-school activities, dinner, bedtimeâ€ on repeat.
Fast-forward to today and sheâ€™s walking the BAFTA red carpet and making a 90th birthday cake for the Queen. Yes, the Queen.
Thankfully, despite her starry new lifestyle, Nadiya is still sweet and self-effacing.
Not only did she get the train to our Fabulous shoot, but the tiny star (sheâ€™s a miniature 4ft 11in) is yet to feel comfortable in front of the camera.
We catch a glimpse of one of her famous raised eyebrows when our photographer asks her to pull some silly poses.
But donâ€™t expect a diva strop.
Sheâ€™s so super-polite that she even insists a 30-minute-old (and stone-cold) cup of tea is â€œdeliciousâ€.
Itâ€™s no wonder that her tent triumph last October â€“ watched by 15 million people â€“ catapulted her from ordinary life to national treasure status.
As an Asian Muslim woman in a headscarf, she has also found herself becoming a figurehead for multicultural Britain.
Now she regularly appears on Loose Women, is bringing out her first cookbook Nadiyaâ€™s Kitchen this Thursday (with another one for kids in the pipeline), has made her own TV show â€“ the brilliantly named The Chronicles of Nadiya â€“ and is writing a novel.
Not bad for someone who thought they werenâ€™t good enough to even apply to be on the show in the first placeâ€¦
Do you still find cooking fun after winning GBBO?
Oh, yeah. Cooking has always been a therapy for me. As a stay-at-home mum, you need something to take you away from life sometimes. But these days Iâ€™m trying to be a bit clever about it and do big pots of things and put them in the freezer. Iâ€™m never going to get my husband [Abdal, 34] cooking. Heâ€™s still dreadful!
What have you splashed out on since the show?
Our new house in Milton Keynes has two kitchens! And Iâ€™m going to buy Abdal a car. He wants a Range Rover with tinted windows â€“ a man car.
What do your three kids make of your fame?
My nine year old [son Musa] is slightly territorial and very protective of me, so he doesnâ€™t understand why people need to stop me constantly when weâ€™re out. But my daughter [Maryam, five] thinks itâ€™s great. Somebody putting make-up on you is every little girlâ€™s dream, so sheâ€™s like: â€œMy mumâ€™s the best!â€
Is it hard to juggle your schedule with being a mum?
Iâ€™m not going to lie and say itâ€™s easy. We have made some big changes in our life over the last six months. Weâ€™ve moved out of Leeds and away from our in-laws to a new town with no friends, so I can be nearer London for work. It wasnâ€™t easy, so I have struggled to find my feet. But Iâ€™m at my best when Iâ€™m with my family, and weâ€™ve done that struggle together.
You must be a big hit when the school cake sale comes around?
Itâ€™s funny because before the show, I always went over the top with what I made, and then Iâ€™d have to jiggle the Tupperware to make them look a bit mismatched, as other mums were just buying cupcakes from Greggs. But now if I did that, everyone would say: â€œHow did you win?â€ They want showstoppers now!
Whereâ€™s the weirdest place youâ€™ve been asked for a selfie?
I was at a shopping centre in east London and a girl followed me into the loos. When I came out she was waiting outside the cubicle. I was like: â€œCan I wash my hands or would you like my germs, too?â€
Are there things you miss about your old life?
I miss the amount of time I used to spend with my kids. I think I took it for granted slightly. Iâ€™ve gone from being at home with them all day every day to getting text messages [from Abdal] saying: â€œI think someoneâ€™s feeling a little bit poorlyâ€ and I want to be there for them, but I canâ€™t. So itâ€™s hard.
Do you want any more kids? Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay are on their fifthâ€¦
[Interrupts] No! You donâ€™t need to finish that sentence. Iâ€™m not planning any more, so no thanks!
How did Abdal feel about all of the attention he got for being a hottie after he appeared on Bake Off?
He was really shocked and said: â€œAre they blind? Iâ€™m ugly!â€ and I told him: â€œNow youâ€™re fishing for compliments â€“ youâ€™re not that bad!â€ Then he started enjoying it and heâ€™d go on Twitter and shout: â€œCheck this outâ€¦ this lady is under 30!â€ There were offers and lots of women making crude comments. People are very, erm, creative.
Has anyone tried to sign up the two of you as a duo?
No, they havenâ€™t actually. Heâ€™d be up for it, though â€“ it would be nice for him to spend some time with me!
Do you still speak to Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry?
Iâ€™ve got their numbers, so if Iâ€™m unsure about something or just want to say hello Iâ€™ll call them. Mel [Giedroyc] and Sue [Perkins] send me texts and theyâ€™re always funny.
Do you feel like you are representing the Muslim community?
Probably. Did I mean to? Absolutely not. I didnâ€™t go on Bake Off to represent anyone, I just wanted to get my confidence back and that was it. But of course it makes me proud when people say Iâ€™ve been a positive influence. I met a Muslim man yesterday and he said his grandad told him: â€œIâ€™ve been in this country since 1962, but this little girl goes on a baking show and makes us mainstream!â€ That was really nice.
What do you think of Sadiq Khan becoming the first Muslim mayor of London?
I think itâ€™s great. Do I care that heâ€™s a Muslim? No. London needed a mayor and they got one. Iâ€™m not into politics â€“ I barely go and vote.
So weâ€™re guessing you donâ€™t have a view on Donald Trump banning Muslims from the US?
[Rolls her eyes] I donâ€™t like his hair.
Youâ€™ve made the Queenâ€™s birthday cake â€“ which other celebs would you like to bake for?
David Attenborough. Iâ€™d love to see if he actually speaks in his wildlife voice all the time.
Books, TV, bakingâ€¦ What else is on the agenda?
Iâ€™d love to do a fashion range. I make my own face scrubs from sugar and coconut oil, so maybe a beauty range. Iâ€™m just winging it, so Iâ€™ll seeÂ what happens. Every day at the moment is a pinch-myself day.