MasterChef finalist Moonira Hinglotwala was named Woman of the Year at this year’s Fusion Awards.

Volunteers and community cohesion campaigners joined entrepreneurs and sporting talent at the 2018 Fusion Awards held in the Concert Hall at King George’s Hall Blackburn (Saturday July 7). The 2018 ceremony was hosted by Noreen Khan.

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She was presented the award in front of hundreds of guests by Asjad Hussain, Partner at AMT Lawyers.

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Moonira is an amateur cook who in the past year has helped to inspire a whole town and people from all cultures and backgrounds.

A finalist on the hit TV show MasterChef she is hugely proud of her heritage and was glad to have the opportunity to provide viewers with a glimpse into traditional Gujarati cuisine.

Moonira is a pharmacist and owns two chemists and says she was inspired to apply for the hit TV show by her son. She developed a passion for Indian cooking after her mother taught her traditional family recipes when she just nine.

She now cooks a fusion of Indian and British food.

Since her TV appearances she has been keen to give back to the local community and took part in a range of events including the National Festival of Making.

Moonira said, “I am so grateful for winning this award. I dedicate this award to my husband Riaz and all the men out there who support and encourage their women to reach for the stars.”