The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) is a popular British television series amongst baking enthusiasts and those looking to wet their eyeballs with incredible bakes. However, the show has come under fire for forcing vegan baker Freya Cox to use animal products.
The 19-year-old amateur baker, who is the show’s youngest contestant this season, took to her Instagram to warn viewers that she wasn’t able to make all of her bakes vegan during the show’s technical challenge.
“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,” she said in an Instagram post.
The show is renowned for its challenges, which include the signature, technical and showstopper. The technical challenge is a surprise, and the same ingredients are provided to each baker, reports Business Insider.
Director of PETA UK Elisa Allen labelled GBBO’s decision “disgraceful” as it forced contestants to “violate their ethical, religious or other principles.”Allen also reiterated that it was a missed opportunity for the show to introduce and inspire viewers to utilise plant-based ingredients.
Viewers also took to social media to share their frustration, with many wondering why the show would allow a vegan baker to compete if they were unable to use plant-based produce in every instalment.
Picture: Freya Cox Instagram