THERE was disappointment last night for Newport's Great British Bake Off star Jon Jenkins, who was eliminated from the show in week seven.

Mr Jenkins endured a tough time on the show's first vegan-themed episode.

Speaking at the end of last night's episode (October 9), Mr Jenkins told Channel 4: "I'm immensely proud of what I've achieved.

"To make it past week one I was immensely proud, but to make it to week seven, [was] absolutely amazing."

Bake Off judge Prue Leith said: "I am sad to see Jon go. He’s got such personality – he’s so different from everybody else."

Fellow judge Paul Hollywood said: "He’s actually a very good baker and his flavours are always very good."

On week seven of this year's Bake Off, contestants first tackled a vegan "signature challenge" to make eight savoury tartlets using vegan shortcrust pastry.

"I had to do internet searched this week on vegetables, because I just don’t know this stuff," Mr Jenkins said as he began the challenge.

His garlic mushroom tarlets, and hummus and falafel tartlets, proved too time-consuming.

"I ran out of filling and I drastically ran out of time," he told the judges, who were unimpressed with the pastry.

Mr Jenkins and the other contestants then took on the technical challenge to make a vegan pavlova using aquafaba – the whipped juice from tinned chickpeas – instead of egg whites.

The final showstopper challenge was to make a celebration cake.

Mr Jenkins' chocolate fudge cake with orange curd icing was a tribute to Only Fools and Horses character Del Boy, but the judges were left unimpressed by the presentation, which Paul Hollywood called "a bit sad".

Prue Leith did commend Mr Jenkins on a nicely-flavoured cake.

The trailer for next week's episode revealed the remaining five contestants would be wearing a colourful, Hawaiian shirt tribute to the departing Mr Jenkins.

The shirts have become something of a trademark for the Newport father-of-four during his time on the show.