The Apprentice Episode 11: The Fab Five Become The Final Four!

So the fab 5 became the final 4 in last night’s penultimate episode of The Apprentice.  There was no shortage of the usual catty remarks between the contestants or ego-fuelled fighting in the boardroom.  This week’s task required the remaining contestants to create their own fast food chain restaurant and serve not just to the […]

So the fab 5 became the final 4 in last night’s penultimate episode of The Apprentice.  There was no shortage of the usual catty remarks between the contestants or ego-fuelled fighting in the boardroom.  This week’s task required the remaining contestants to create their own fast food chain restaurant and serve not just to the public but to Lord Sugar himself and a group of industry experts.

The teams were the same as last week, with Jim leading the gruesome twosome Natasha and Susie for team Venture whilst Helen took the lead for team Logic over Tom.  The teams quickly chose the theme of their restaurants with Venture deciding to go for a Mexican theme and team Logic going for authentic British.  They only had 48 hours to create everything for the restaurant including the menu, the décor, the brand and importantly seeing as it is a business focused show a business plan for the restaurant.

It would appear that Jim and his team were so focused on the décor for their restaurant “Caracas” that they forgot about everything else.  The two girls had struggled to work together the week before yet Jim paired them up to work together again. In the end Jim designed the menu and dishes, as well as cooking the food too.  Mind you the word cooking should be used loosely as customers complained that their food was cold.

The worst part for poor old Jim’s team though was there lack of planning for not just service but a basic business plan.  So when the time came to pitch to the industry experts and ultimately the judges for the task, it was clear that there was a huge gaping hole in Venture’s strategy.  Oh dear.  Jim’s terrible maths only highlighted this at which point they probably should have just gone and sat in boardroom and spared Helen and Tom the hassle of packing up their teeny tiny cases.

Helen and Tom worked together almost flawlessly.  The calmness in their team was a huge contrast to the bickering and disorganisation of team Venture.  Tom was left to do the branding and created the strongly British “My Py” brand.  Unlike the other team they had created good food that was delivered quickly and was actually hot, but most importantly they had a business plan to present to the industry experts which surely was one of the main points of the task!

It was no surprise when Venture found themselves sat in the boardroom wondering if they were all for the chop as Tom and Helen were given a direct pass to the final!  It turns out that this year there will be four in the final though so it was only Natasha who we had to bid farewell too.  I struggle to remember what contributions she has made in the tasks so it is definitely no great loss to the show.

Believe me when I say I can’t wait for the last and final episode, even if it’s just to hear Jim blabber on and try and charm his way through the interview which may be the only thing that stands between him and the £250,000 investment!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2K0wBnFBYM

The Apprentice Episode 7: Au Revoir Leon The Teapot Artist!

Ah bonjour!  Leon – that means hello.  This week our little apprentices/business bulldogs were set to descend on Paris and take to them some of the best innovations Britain has to offer!  Team leader for team Venture this week was youngster Suzie and for team Logic it was for the first time Tom. One half […]

Ah bonjour!  Leon – that means hello.  This week our little apprentices/business bulldogs were set to descend on Paris and take to them some of the best innovations Britain has to offer!  Team leader for team Venture this week was youngster Suzie and for team Logic it was for the first time Tom.

One half of the teams were sent straight to Paris to conduct some market research whilst the rest stayed behind to select which products they wanted to force upon the poor unsuspecting French people.  For future reference just in case you ever have to make product selections, the questions to ask are clearly – do the French go camping?  Are the French very fond of their children?  Do the French drive?  Yes, well done, Suzie excellent questions.  They eventually decided on the child’s car seat rucksack and the Universal Travel Grip.  On the other team, the product recommendations made by Tom and Natasha were almost instantly dismissed by Melody as she let her personal views take over.  After conducting some ‘thorough’ research in which Melody shows off her French and Leon shows off his artistic talent, or lack thereof, they (or should I say Melody) convince Tom to choose the Teapot light and pop up postcards as their products.

Whilst Melody dominates her team with Leon trailing behind her like a little lost, non-French speaking puppy, Jim is attempting to arrange sales appointments using the brilliant technique of speaking English but in a strange faux French/European accent.  Also for future reference, if you ever need to make decisions about who should take charge of the most important pitches for your business a good way to decide this is playing scissors-paper-stone as demonstrated by Tom and Natasha.  Really?  Are these really the best candidates for The Apprentice??

I did feel sorry for Tom though, he seemed a bit out of his depth which was probably further magnified by the massive presence Melody had in the episode.  They made a huge error in the pitch set up by big Al himself which ultimately led to their humiliating defeat with the biggest margin in the history of the show.  Oh dear.

Melody’s shark like tactics work as she is saved from the finger of doom leaving it between Tom and Leon.  Alas for poor Leon his artistic skills were just not enough to save him so now Tom is now left with the task of proving himself capable after his poor show last night.  Ah well, let’s hope he doesn’t crumble at the biscuit task next week!!!

Just for you Leon:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0sezoBzESk