The Truth About Syabira From Great British Bake Off Season 13

Syabira Yusoff wears many hats — and being a contestant on this season of the "Great British Bake Off" is another one she's recently added to her list. On top of being an avid gamer and postdoctoral researcher, Yusoff is a devoted baker, blending her Malaysian heritage with traditional British cuisine. She only started baking in 2017 (her first dish being a red velvet cake), according to The Irish Mirror. But her passion for being in the kitchen has brought her to be a contestant in the nationally-renowned television show.

Yusoff is entering Season 13 of the "Great British Bake Off" with the support of her boyfriend, Bradley, who she lives with in London, according to the show's website. She's built a brand for herself through her Instagram account, @syabira_bakes, where she showcases all her creations, from Black Forest cakes to crushed pecan cupcakes. One of her signature dishes includes a chicken rendang Cornish pasties, which the show's Instagram account states will keep judges, "keen."

Her Malaysian heritage is important to her

Syabira Yusoff loves learning and trying new things, which is evident both in and out of her baking career. Her favorite video game is a World War II simulation game which has allowed her to learn about leadership in the real world (via The Great British Bake Off). Furthermore, Yusoff immigrated to the United Kingdom in 2013 to pursue her Ph.D. but still keeps her Malaysian roots near and dear to her heart. Not only has she lived there for most of her life, but she also worked as a research assistant at Universiti Putra Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia prior to her move to the U.K. (via Linkedin). Her love for Malaysian cuisine and British cooking will be something to look out for in Season 13.

The premiere of this new season has since been delayed following Queen Elizabeth's passing, but as evident from the Instagram comments on Yusoff's introduction post, everyone is excited to welcome the cardiovascular researcher to the stage.