He stole the hearts of the nation as the single dad competed with the support of his two daughters.
And sadly, fan-favourite Marc, 51, was eliminated from The Great British Bake Off on Tuesday night, after his Dessert Week creations missed the mark.
Viewers were left devastated by the support worker’s exit but in a heartfelt note to fans, the amateur baker praised the experience as ‘crazy, intense and wonderful.’
Sad times: Fan-favourite Marc, 51, was eliminated from The Great British Bake Off on Tuesday night, after his Dessert Week creations missed the mark
Leicester-born Marc decided to enter Bake Off in a bid to show his daughters that even when life throws obstacles at you, you can rise to new challenges and develop new passions.
Personal tragedy, including losing his leg in a motorbike accident in 2016, led him to baking bread as a form of therapy, and from there he came to baking cakes and pastries.
Although Marc was sent home on Tuesday, Paul Hollywood admitted that he’d gone on the biggest journey of them all, getting ‘better and better’ each week during the competition, and added that it was a ‘shame to see him go.’
After failing to impress the judges with his quarter-final offerings, viewers were left in tears as Marc was filmed walking away with his arms wrapped around his two daughters.
Heartwarming: After failing to impress the judges with his quarter-final offerings, viewers were left in tears as Marc was walked away with his arms wrapped around his two daughters
Emotional: The Leicester-born amateur baker stole the hearts of the nation as the single dad competed with the support of his daughters
Love you all! Viewers were left devastated by his exit but in a heartfelt note to fans, the amateur baker praised the experience as ‘crazy, intense and wonderful’
Fans of the show took to Twitter in their droves after the father-of-two was sent home, to voice their upset and admiration for him.
‘I’m heartbroken. Marc was simply amazing!’ tweeted one person, with someone else adding: ‘I’m so gutted about Marc! He was my favourite ever contestant! Ever!’
‘So emotional watching Marc leave – he’s too pure for the cruel mistress that is 2020 #GBBO,’ wrote another, while someone else tweeted: ‘I’m devastated Marc’s gone!! He’s the nicest man ever and an absolute legend! I thought he was amazing!’
‘Seeing Marc walk offscreen with his daughters…… No you’re crying #GBBO’ tweeted one fan of the show, while another wrote: ‘Actually shed tears at Marc’s departure.’
Gutted! Viewers took to Twitter in their droves after the father-of-two was sent home on Tuesday, to voice their upset
‘#GBBO genuinely cried for Marc leaving. He truly did come out of himself each week and just grew stronger, not just as a baker, but in himself,’ praised someone else.
Ever-gracious, Marc penned a note for his fans, which was shared to the Great British Bake-Off shortly after his departure aired on Tuesday.
The note read: ‘Just the most crazy, intense, wonderful, once in a lifetime experience. And I feel honoured to be part of this years Great British Bake Off.
‘The bonds and friendships made this year are extra special as we were living, baking and socialising 24/7.
For me personally being able to share this bonkers experience with my daughters and dog Hamish, just made it one of the most memorable periods of my life.
A massive thank you to love productions, the amazing camera and sound crew, the food team, the runners, the down hall staff for making us feel so welcome. Love you all – Marc.’
Gone! During Tuesday’s quarter-final, bakers were first given two and a half hours to make 12 identical baked mini cheesecakes, with a baked fillings and a face made from scratch
Unimpressive: Marc made New York Style Vanilla and Mascarpone Cheesecakes
During Tuesday’s quarter-final, bakers were first given two and a half hours to make 12 identical baked mini cheesecakes, with a baked fillings and a face made from scratch.
Peter held his hope out on taste, after his ‘Lime and Ginger ‘cheesecakes curd didn’t go to plan, which saved him from being completely torn apart by the judges.
Laura’s ‘Passion Fruit’ cheesecakes were a disaster after they didn’t set and she struggled because they were still warm when she attempted to decorate them – but Paul and Prue were bowled over by their taste
David’s ‘Celebration of Citrus’ cheesecake with lemon and orange flavours punching through were incredibly neat.
Hermine ‘Passion Fruit’ cheesecakes with a cinnamon biscuit base looked gorgeous but Paul and Prue weren’t fans of their taste or texture.
Oh no! His mini cheesecakes didn’t go down well with the judges, on every aspect
Marc’s New York Style Vanilla and Mascarpone Cheesecake didn’t go down well with the judges, on every aspect.
Their technical challenge – to create a Sussex Pond Pudding – saw all five contestants struggle, with none applauded for their efforts.
For their showstoppers, the bakers were tasked with presenting jelly filled, visually spectacular creations which should include a baked sponge.
Laura’s created a ‘Flower Power’ koi jelly art cake was praised by the judges for design and taste.
Paul criticised Dave’s Newquay Beach Scene for being too stodgy and dry due to too much gelatin.
Peter’s Snow Globe Jelly Cake didn’t go down as well as he’d hoped, because it had ‘only just set.’
Marc opted for apple jelly with chocolate and strawberry mousse ended up curdled, while the base was overdone ‘like concrete’ according to Paul.
Hermine’s Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Jelly Cake was met with awe by the judges and ultimately she was crowned Star Baker.
Yikes! Marc opted for apple jelly with chocolate and strawberry mousse ended up curdled, while the base was overdone ‘like concrete’ according to Paul