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MasterChef winner dreams of her own cookery show on TV

By Francesca Gosling

MasterChef champion Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed has told how she would love to host her own cookery show after being crowned winner of this year's competition.

The mother and doctor said she was excited to see what opportunities might come knocking after the BBC competition's finale was broadcast last night.

She told the Press Association: "I would love to do cookbooks and write as much as possible about food and get recipes out there.

"I would love to go on other people's shows, breakfast shows, cook on television and I would love, love, love to have my own cookery show."

Mahmood-Ahmed (29) said her biggest dream would be to combine her love of cooking with her career in medicine by helping people with special dietary conditions find their ideal foods.

She explained: "I want to help people who have coeliac disease or irritable bowel syndrome to find food and diets for them that really are helpful, and see if there is anything that can help improve their quality of life. Once you are doctor it is very difficult to leave and I certainly don't want to do that.

"Medicine is a passion and a love, but there is certainly scope for scaling down a bit and combining that with my love of food."

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