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Bake Off 2021: Who is vegan baker Freya? Age, job and everything we know

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Freya is one to watch on this year’s Bake Off (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Chanel 4)

The Great British Bake Off is back, with viewers preparing to be whisked back into the famous tent to be dazzled by the talents of 12 amateur bakers mixing, whipping and piping their way to hopeful success.

As the box-fresh contestants start their journey on the show, with hosts Noel Fielding and Matt Lucas ready with support and sympathy (sometimes), let’s take a look at one of the contestants who will be tantalising our tastebuds on the TV screen.

As the show’s first vegan baker, Freya Cox will be vying for star baker and that coveted Paul Hollywood handshake each week, just like everyone else.

Who is Freya?

Freya, from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, is this year’s youngest baker at 19 years old. To make you feel even better about yourself, the teen remembers watching the first series when it aired at the age of nine.

However, she stands in good stead as last year’s show saw student Peter Sawkins triumph and become the youngest-ever Bake Off champion, aged 20.

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Freya is Bake Off’s first vegan baker (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4)

Martha Collinson remains the youngest Bake Off contestant ever, having taken part in the fifth series at the age of 17 and reached the quarter-final.

Although she may not be the youngest ever contestant on the show, Freya is the programme’s first vegan baker.

Sharing news of her participation in the show last week on Instagram, the teenager wrote: ‘The secret is out….you will see my face on THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF!!!

‘Honestly can’t believe I am writing this, feel genuinely blessed to share my passion for vegan baking on such an incredible programme with such an amazing group of people.’

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2021’s eager amateur bakers (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4)

The baker began making plant-based cakes for her father and now prides herself on making vegan cakes as delicious as the originals.

What is Freya’s job?

Passionate horse rider Freya lives at home with her parents, in order to look after her horse, Winnie.

The baker is a student, who is studying for a degree in psychology. According to her Instagram page, she is also with a modelling agency and has previously shared professional snaps of herself in her portfolio, some of which look to feature Winnie too.

Freya also, naturally, has a fair few snaps of bakes on her Instagram too, including vegan pumpkin spiced cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting and a vegan caramel cake with salted caramel buttercream sculpted and decorated as a classic blue car.

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Freya with Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4)

What else do we know about her?

Freya faced bullying from online trolls recently, who said she shouldn’t call herself vegan due to her passion for horse riding. According to The Times, she deleted a page that she had on Facebook dedicated to her horse riding achievements after experiencing backlash.

One person remarked that in their opinion, Freya is ‘not vegan’ but ‘just plant-based’ as some regard horse riding and other sports which involve animals as ‘non-vegan’.

‘If you are still riding you shouldn’t be calling yourself vegan and you most definitely shouldn’t be going on TV calling yourself vegan,’ they said.

However, others jumped to Freya’s defence, criticising those who ‘found fault’ in the student.

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Freya has faced some online heat (Picture: Mark Bourdillon/Love Productions/Channel 4)

‘Instead of seeing this as a great step to show non-vegan viewers what they can make and possibly help people eat more plant-based foods AND congratulating this girl, you find fault! Oh to be the perfect vegan, we are all trying,’ one person said.

Ahead of Monday’s first episode, Freya took to Instagram to share a picture of a three-tier vegan orange sponge, lemon buttercream and toasted flaked almond cake, decorated with pink and purple flowers.

In the caption, alongside sharing her excitement over Bake Off airing, the student wrote: ‘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.’

The Great British Bake Off begins on Tuesday, September 21 at 8pm on Channel 4. 

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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