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Vegan baker Freya Cox latest contestant to be eliminated from Great British Bake Off

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Freya Cox  (Love Productions)
Freya Cox (Love Productions)

Vegan baker Freya Cox has become the latest contestant to be eliminated from The Great British Bake Off.

In the fifth episode of the Channel 4 baking competition, the 19-year-old, who was this year’s youngest contestant, was eliminated after failing to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

For German week, the contestants tackled biscuits, a layered prinzregententorte, and a yeast-leavened cake for their showstoppers.

Ms Cox’s Upside-Down Yeast-Leavened Cake Showstopper was underbaked leaving her exposed to criticism.

After the show was aired, Ms Cox said: “I feel genuinely blessed to have had the chance to share my love of vegan baking with the world.”

Meanwhile, Italian contestant Giuseppe Dell’Anno took home Star Baker - beating German native Jürgen Krauss.

Judge Paul Hollywood said: “Giuseppe did really well, he is really getting into his stride now and could be one to watch. I was a little bit disappointed with Juergen’s showstopper.”

Elsewhere, host Noel Fielding caused viewers some concern after he wasn’t present for some of the episode due to feeling “under the weather.”

It came weeks after producerscame under fire after Ms Cox, the show’s first ever vegan contestant was forced to use animal products during a technical challenge.

Student Ms Cox apologised to fans after using buttercream during Cake Week.

Writing on Instagram she said: “Wanted to add a small disclaimer before the episode, I was desperate to show the world vegan baking is just as exciting with the hope to inspire people to give it a go.

“For obvious reasons I wasn’t able to change the technical challenge as it would mean the whole show was unfair.

“Sorry if this is disappointing to hear but once the show has finished I have plans to Veganise the recipes for you all, so I hope this makes up for that.”

Jordi Casamitjana, an animal rights activist who helped ethical veganism become enshrined in British law, slammed producers for not allowing Ms Cox to use an alternative.

Speaking to The Times, he said: “Respect people at the start of their philosophies when they’re young and don’t put them into a situation at the beginning where they are confronting these dilemmas in the public eye with a lot of eyes scrutinising and criticising.

“For that I feel part of the fault of this situation lies with the producers of the programme.”

Elisa Allen, director of animal welfare group Peta, said: “We’re in the midst of a vegan revolution, and the producers are taking the cake by not allowing contestants to ‘veganise’ recipes in the technical challenge.”

Following her debut on the Channel 4 show Ms Cox, who is a keen horse rider, was forced to delete a social media page after being trolled by animal rights activists.

One wrote: “The problem people like myself are having is that, yes it’s great that someone is going on to a mainstream programme promoting vegan food. But please don’t say that you are passionate about ethics when you still ride horses.”

Channel 4 and Love Productions did not respond to comment when approached by the Standard.

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