He was controversially denied the coveted Star Baker title – despite constructing an INCREDIBLE lion entirely from bread.
However, Great British Bake Off's Paul Jagger, 49, has at least achieved another great honour: he's sparked waves of online memes and tributes which affectionately nod to his delicious show-stopper.
The prison worker's feline was created using a white bread head, a wholemeal tail, and a body filled with figs and walnuts.
Even the notoriously grumpy Paul Hollywood couldn't help but be blown away: the judge declared the lion to be "one of the best things I've seen in bread – ever!"
Mr Jagger was subsequently given a "special commendation," – with GBBO presenter Sue Perkins explaining that the honour was being bestowed because Mr Hollywood "has never ever in his life seen a bread sculpture as magnificent as that one".
Still, Paul was ultimately pipped to the Star Baker post by rival Ian Cumming – a decision which caused countless viewers to take to the likes of Twitter to vent their frustration.
With a full six days to go until next week's episode, and in order to pay our respects to Paul's magnificent lion, SHEmazing! has decided to round up the very best online responses to the great Great British Bake Off lion…
— WhatsOnStage (@WhatsOnStage) August 20, 2015
The first thing I did this morning was google "Bread Lion" to make sure it hadn't all been a dream. #GBBO
— Arena Flowers (@ArenaFlowers) August 20, 2015
— Sarah_Woolley (@Sarah_Woolley) August 19, 2015
— Mitten d'Amour (@MittenDAmour) August 20, 2015
I want Paul Hollywood to hold Paul's lion bread aloft & sing Circle of Life so bad #GBBO
— John Beck (@johnbeck_) August 19, 2015
— BBC One (@BBCOne) August 20, 2015
— DreamBabyShowerUK (@DreamBabyParty) August 20, 2015
— ASOS (@ASOS) August 19, 2015
Still rather moved by Paul's lion – and Twitter's reaction to it… #GBBO
— Charlotte Walker (@CLWOlivier42) August 20, 2015
— Jenny Brown (@Jensbro1) August 20, 2015
— Melinda Hildebrandt (@DrMel76) August 20, 2015
did someone really make a cecil the lion shaped loaf of bread on bake off is that what i'm seeing right now
— Cat Smith (@cat_sierra) August 19, 2015