NORMAN Calder’s attempt to be crowned Great British Bake Off champion crumbled this week.
In pies and tarts week, the retired merchant seaman’s tarte au citron signature bake impressed with its flavours, but the presentation did not please judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
And his poached pear pies came fifth out of seven in the technical bake, with contestants following a recipe created by master baker Hollywood.
Norman, from Portknockie, did not do enough with his show-stopping three tired pie - named the Pieful Tower - to persuade the judges to put him through to the next round.
After deliberating whether a contestant should leave this week’s show, after Diana Beard withdrew from the competition because of ill health, it was decided Norman should leave.
He has achieved cult status during his five week stint on the programme, and there was consternation on social media sites after the show when it was revealed he would be leaving.
For more on Norman's final Great British Bake Off experience, see tonight's 'Northern Scot'