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!