Saliha Mahmood Ahmed

Having been a passionate home cook all her life, Saliha battled 64 contestants in front of 6million viewers to become the winner of MasterChef 2017.

A proud mother and wife, Saliha also works as a junior doctor in North West London, specialising in Gastroenterology. Balancing a life in food and medicine, Saliha has enjoyed appearing at various food festivals and shows across the country since her time on MasterChef.  In her debut cookbook KHAZANA (Hodder & Stoughton 2018) Saliha builds upon her reputation for recreating traditional South East Asian food in a modern and exciting way.  It was voted ‘Best New Cookbook’ at the 2019 Observer Food Monthly Awards and Saliha was awarded the title of ‘Best Chef 2019’ at the British Restaurant Awards,  as voted for by the public.

Saliha’s new book FOODOLOGY: A FOODLOVER’S GUIDE TO DIGESTIVE HEALTH & HAPPINESS combines her medical expertise with a passion for gut-friendly, delicious food.  It was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2021 and went straight into the bestseller list.

“Saliha is a class act. She’s walked in here and taken her food culture apart and put it back together in a modern and very exciting way. She always does something a little bit extra – something which always surprises us”.  (John Torode, MasterChef judge)