In an interview on Desert Island Discs, she said: “It has happened. Through my early teens when you had big things happening in the news like September 11…you do get abuse and I did get abuse. “I’ve had things thrown at me and been pushed and shoved.”It sounds really silly because I feel like that’s just become part of my life now. I expect it. Absolutely I expect it. I expect to be shoved or pushed or verbally abused because it happens and it’s been happening for years.” Last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain has faced racismCredit:Mark Bourdillon/BBC The Great British Bake Off has previously been praised for being one of the most ethnically diverse shows on prime time television.The show has received record ratings this year, achieving more than 10 million overnight viewers for each of its first two episodes.The opening episode is now the most-watched show of 2016, with 13.6m views so far. He is not the first Bake Off contestant to have suffered racist abuse, with last year’s winner Nadiya Hussain previously speaking frankly about the insults and violence she has suffered at the hands of strangers.Bansal is one of 10 remaining contestants on GBBO this year, and has won fans for his good-natured humour in the tent. His BBC profile states that he volunteers for charities including Victim Support, has an “extremely close” family and enjoys vegan baking.Benjamina Ebuehi, one of his fellow amateur bakers, replied to his tweet about the abuse, saying it was “so horrible”.