Ali Imdad (born 1 July 1988) is a British chef and television personality. He is best known for his appearances as a contestant on the cooking reality series The Great British Bake Off. Imdad also hosts the television series Halal Kitchen on British Muslim TV.
Early life and career
Imdad was born on 1 July 1988 in Birmingham, England. He attended the University of Leicester where he earned a degree in marketing and management. While at university, Imdad found an old cookbook that one of his roommates had left behind when they moved. He began to practice baking on his friends and family. In 2013, he applied to be on the BBC's fourth series of The Great British Bake Off. He was selected from over 10,000 applicants to be one of 13 contestants on the series. After successfully passing the first three rounds, Imdad placed ninth in the series. After completing The Great British Bake Off, Imdad left his marketing job and became a full-time baker. In 2014, he worked with British charity Fixers to create a series of recipes designed to appeal to students. In 2015, he went on to work for the dessert parlour Artisan in Birmingham as their head chef. He then left in 2017. He also founded the pâtisserie Cocoa by Ali in 2016. In 2017, for a short time he partnered with Rebus in Leicester to create one of their special desserts for the lounge. As of 2018 he is no longer apart of Rebus Domes.
Imdad has three brothers and one younger sister. He is Muslim and has frequently been the victim of racial abuse due to his religious background.
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