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The Apprentice s8 Week 6

The second culinary task of the season so far, as the teams head off to Edinburgh to make and sell “gourmet” food.  It’s to be hoped Edinburgh has a large supply of  Alka Seltzer and a team of healthcare professionals on stand-by…

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  1. April 25, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

    Adam was right there! RIGHT THERE IN THE BOARDROOM! How could you not fire him, Lord S? HOW??????????????

    *wails in anguish*

  2. April 25, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    And as for you, Stephen…

    *shakes fist*

  3. Tim
    April 26, 2012 at 1:19 am

    Come on, CJ. We know that Adam is destined to survive for a while, probably until a week before the final, because he provides that Michael Sophocles/Stuart Baggs/Tre Azam comedy pratfall potential that every season must have. He’s far less entertaining, though – partly because he doesn’t have Ricky’s soundbites and partly because he hasn’t had his Sophocles ‘kosher’ moment. He’s a bit of a one-note tune with his constant self-proclamations of brilliance. Get rid.

    Totally agree about Stephen too. Utter waste of space. He’s no Jedi Jim Eastwood with his desperately obvious attempts at manipulation, is he?

    Another good week for Tom Gearing. I’m beginning to think he’s the only competent one among them.

    http://slouchingtowardsthatcham.com/2012/04/26/the-apprentice-season-8-episode-6-street-food/

  4. Tim
    April 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    In fact, I’m confident enough to call the final now. Assuming it will be a final four like last year, it will be Tom versus Gabby versus Also-Rans 1 & 2.

    Here’s the rationale. Last year Tom Pellereau won because he was an inventor working in an industry (health and beauty) which Sugar was familiar with. And while he lacked some commercial nous and had a poor task record, he also had a habit of successfully identifying right and wrong strategies and was coolly analytical while also being highly creative.

    Tom G is the analytical, strategic side of Tom P, with an interesting business model – he runs a wine investment company, and I can see scope for a business plan that supports expansion or perhaps extension into other niche food products.

    Meanwhile Gabrielle is commercially naive but creative. As an architect with a design usiness – there’s a link to her company website on her Twitter profile – she would also be a good fit with Sugar’s property empire.

    There, that’s cursed them. No doubt Adam will now beat Stephen in the final …

  5. e
    April 26, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    “Last year Tom Pellereau won because he was an inventor working in an industry (health and beauty) which Sugar was familiar with. And while he lacked some commercial nous and had a poor task record, he also had a habit of successfully identifying right and wrong strategies and was coolly analytical while also being highly creative.”

    My ability to believe there is any logic or rationale whatsoever in these shows wore away long ago. Bless your enduring faith.

    • Tim
      April 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      Oh, I don’t dispute there’s very little logic in 99% of what goes on in The Apprentice. But what was clear last year was that Sugar had knowledge of all the business plans in advance – and not just at the final interview stage – which clearly influenced his decision to keep Tom on to the end even though he always seemed to be on the losing team. Ultimately The Apprentice – like any reality show – is really just an elaborate game, but I’ve never doubted that Sugar loads the deck to ensure he gets the winner he wants, task results be damned. (That’s why the final has always been subjective, so he can make whoever he wants the winner.)

      • e
        April 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm

        Does he actually do anything with the winner after? I always assumed that the winner would then be handed over to lackeys so as not to annoy the star.

        • Tim
          April 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

          I did a recap of “whatever happened to the Apprentice winners?” over on my blog a couple of years ago. As far as I know, the current situation is as follows …

          Of the six winners under the ‘old’ format, all took up various jobs within Sugar’s organisations but none lasted more than two years. Season two winner Michelle Dewberry lasted less than a year. Season five winner Yasmina Siadatan had two babies before quitting – she must only have worked for Sugar for a handful of months. Season six winner Stella English walked out after nine months claiming she didn’t have a ‘real’ job to do and, I believe, is suing Sugar for constructive dismissal. She says that in reality Sugar had little to do with her and – in her words – “didn’t give a shit” about her.

          Tim Campbell (season 1) and Lee McQueen (season 4) are both now involved with trusts/foundations to help young entrepreneurs – I think Margaret Mountford is involved with the former. Michelle Dewberry runs her own consultancy (which she did before the show). Season three’s Simon Ambrose is also doing his own thing, something to do with property, I think.

          Last year’s winner Tom Pellereau relaunched his nail file with Sainsbury’s, just before the current season started. It seems his actual business proposal of ergonomic office chairs has been quietly forgotten.

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