Viewers watched Nick crumble as he brought his pink peppercorn desert out late on MasterChef

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It was the turn of medicine student Nick to buckle under the pressure of the MasterChef kitchen as he cooked for some of the show's previous winners.

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His venison and pancetta main went down pretty well with the judges - former finalists Luke Owen and Angela Langford, and 2014 winner Ping Coombes - but it was a whole four minutes late.

the desert with pink peppercorns
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Then things just went from bad to worse with his desert which was a balsamic strawberry mille feuille... with pink peppercorns ... which was also four minutes late.

Absolutely NO-ONE - not John Torode, not Gregg Wallace, not the judges (and probably not even Nick in hindsight) - got why the peppercorns were in there. It was a risk that did not pay off.

Perhaps he was missing a trick.

Viewers knew that was the end of the road for Nick - and he knew it too by the looks of things as the next few scenes showed him with his face buried in either a tea towel or a cushion.

nick with his face in a cushion
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Nick with his face in a tea towel
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But that didn't stop people feeling sorry for him and how visibly broken he looked by the whole experience.

Well done anyway, Nick - and take it from someone else who knows first hand...