Great British Bake Off slammed after vegan Freya is forced to use animal products
GREAT British Bake Off has been slammed after vegan Freya Cox was forced to use animal products.
The first episode of the Channel 4 show saw the 19-year-old from Scarborough bake with ingredients she wouldn't usually use.
During cake week the contestants were asked to make 12 mini rolls for the signature challenge, a malt loaf for the technical and a cake designed to defy the law of physics for the showstopper.
Before the episode aired, Freya explained to fans on Instagram that she couldn't "veganise" the malt loaf.
And many aren't happy with the show's decision to make the teen change her usual ingredients.
Director of animal welfare group Peta, Elisa Allen, told the Mail: "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."
She added that it was "disgraceful" and the programme should respect contestant's life style choices.
Meanwhile an animal rights activist Jordi Casamitjana, 55, also viewed her opinion during a chat with The Times.
She 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."
Freya, who is the first ever vegan contestant to take part in the competition, explained the situation with 19.4k followers on Instagram before the show.
She shared a snap of the amazing cake she mad, which had an orange sponge, lemon buttercream and toasted flaked almonds in it.
The star also added a disclaimer to explain why not everything she made was vegan.
She told fans: "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."
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