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'MasterChef' winner Shelina Permalloo: 'I want to be next Nigella'

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MasterChef winner Shelina Permalloo has set her sights on hosting a cookery show.

The 2012 champion, who dedicated the victory to her late father, said that she wants to follow in the footsteps of Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver with her own programme.

Tom Rennolds, Shelina Permalloo, Andrew Kojima

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Nigella Laweson signs copies of her book 'Kitchen' in Waterstones

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She told The Mirror: "It would be amazing to have my own cookery shows and cookbook championing Mauritian food. I'd love to be able to introduce it to more people in Britain."

Permalloo credited her mother for her MasterChef victory, saying: "I owe it all to my mum. Mum is superwoman and worked really hard as a nurse.

"When she was on night shift she would prepare food in advance so we could still have a proper dinner.

"My first memory of cooking is as a 4-year-old with mum, sifting through rice and lentils, taking out the stones and dirt. Mum would give me all the odd jobs to do and I loved it.

"As we were born in the UK, mum tried to give us an affinity with the island and we spoke Creole. Whenever I feel poorly or homesick all I want to eat is my mum's cooking... it's comfort food to me."

Permalloo added: "I used to make meals out of anything. Growing up we didn't have much so I knew how to be frugal. Garlic, chili and coriander pretty much make anything taste good."

The 29-year-old defeated fellow finalists Andrew Kojima and Tom Rennolds to become only the second female winner of MasterChef in eight years.

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