Baker Jordan Cox knew he was toast after he was on the receiving end of Mary Berry's "death stare" before being booted off the latest episode of The Great British Bake Off.
The 33-year-old from Nottingham failed to impress Berry and co-host Paul Hollywood with his bread recipes.
He said: "Paul's withering stare I could just about cope with but when Mary gives you the death stare you really feel it. She was terrifying at times, so I always wanted to impress her the most. If you can imagine the scariest schoolteacher that you ever had, that was Ms Mary Berry to me."
He is the third contestant to go after Claire Goodwin and Enwezor Nzegwu were voted off in previous weeks.
Cox said he was hanging on from the very first week of the hit show when he realised how tough the competition was.
He said: " I would say the showstopper on Week One with my blueberry and lemon cakes was my worst moment.
"Everything went well and they were exactly what I had planned, but of course as soon as I looked at the other bakers efforts, I realised I was completely out of my depth and struggled to keep up from that point."
The teaching assistant said he planned to stay in touch with the other "lovely bakers" and was looking forward to watching the rest of the show.
He said: " Since the day I left, the thing I have been most looking forward to is seeing the episodes I wasn't involved in.
"I am utterly excited to see what other people have done and will be watching each week with a large cinnamon bun and a mug of really strong coffee. You can't watch Bake Off without cake."