Former seaman Norman Calder found himself cast adrift as he became the latest contestant to leave The Great British Bake Off.
The retired Merchant Navy radio operator struggled with his presentation and served raw pastry for one of his dishes, prompting judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood to ask him to leave the tent.
Viewers of the BBC1 show had already seen him looking vulnerable, but he clung on when Iain Watters rashly threw his melted baked Alaska in the bin in last week's edition.
The programme was mired in controversy last week when it emerged that another contestant, Diana Beard, had taken Watters's ice cream out of the fridge. Viewers were informed that she has since left the programme as a result of ill health.
During the tarts and pies-themed programme, Norman served up a tarte au citron which was let down by its presentation and a dish of pears in puff pastry, but the casing was uncooked in places.
His showstopper Norman's Pieffel Tower had fruit weeping out, the lavender in his meringue was overpowering and the pastry was thought to be too crumbly.
The worst Bake Off gaffes
The worst Bake Off gaffes
1/7 GBBO gaffes
It sounds impossible, but the great meltdown of series five involving Iain, Diana, and the hottest day of 2014 so far was more controversial than Custardgate. It ended when Iain binned the remains of his Baked Alaska and stormed out of the tent
2/7 GBBO gaffes
The bread basket challenge in series two had many bakers scratching their heads. Worst off was poor Janet, whose basket collapsed as soon as she took it out of the oven
3/7 GBBO gaffes
Who can forget the most unpatriotic British flag cake ever made in series four? Not only did you have to cut Liz's head off to see inside: the flag itself was more than a little wonky
4/7 GBBO gaffes
It's not even clear what this biscuit bake was supposed to look like, but series one contestant Louise said it was supposed to be heart-shaped. It's definitely not
5/7 GBBO gaffes
More of a camera gaff than a baking one: this squirrel made headlines for all the wrong reasons in series two when it found itself on national television. Complaints were made over the fact that the image failed to come with a "may contain nuts" warning
6/7 GBBO gaffes
Poor Yasmin in series two had a mini breakdown when her macarons failed to rise. Everyone else was more concerned about the dodgy shade of green. 'I didn't realise I'd get this emotional with baking,' said Yasmin. None of us did, Yasmin. None of us did
7/7 GBBO gaffes
The curse of the soggy bottom struck one unlucky contestant in the form of this zingy tart from series three. Mary Berry pursed her lips over how much lime zest had been used, while Paul Hollywood just looked disappointed at the poor quality of pastry on offer
Norman, 66, who had served a number of traditional no-nonsense dishes during the series, said: “I really didn't want to go as I was enjoying it so much, but admittedly I did mess up a wee bit, so I had to go although I enjoyed the whole experience. Everyone is under the same rules and the same pressure.”
Scot Norman, from Portknockie, Moray, said he had enjoyed being recognised and stopped in his local supermarket for photographs.
He added: “The best bit of The Great British Bake Off for me was the very first day I walked into the tent. That alone was very exciting. Then I managed to finish the showstopper and Mary tasted my 36 miniature cakes. That was the most memorable part for me - that Mary Berry liked my bakes.”