The Apprentice 2011: Accountant Edward Hunter the First Candidate fired by Lord Sugar

Edward HunterThe new series of The Apprentice kicked off on BBC1 tonight and once again we saw the candidates trying their very best not to be the first to be shown the door.

However, for one unfortunate candidate it was indeed the end of the road; that candidate was Edward Hunter. He became the first person to be fired by Lord Sugar in this the seventh series of The Apprentice.

Edward failed to win over Lord Sugar when he took on the role of Project Manager in the fruit and veg.  challenge.

In the task the two teams had to invest £250 in fresh fruit and vegetables before selling it on for a profit. Edward Hunter led the boys team, who called themselves Logic. They spent all £250 on oranges and tomatoes in a bid to sell juice and soup the next day.
On the girls team Melody Hossaini took charge of the group, who called themselves Venture. Melody spent only £160 of Lord Sugar’s investment, purchasing cut price fruit and vegetables to make fruit pots and a vegetable pasta to sell.

The boys made £339 from selling their orange juice compared to the girls’ £37 worth of revenue from their pasta. However, the girls made fruit boxes and they sold very well, bringing their total income to just under £600. The boys meanwhile took £92 from their soup to make a total of £431, a much smaller profit compared to the girls without even taking into account their lower costs.

After going over the task in the board room, project manager Edward decided to bring back Gavin Winstanley and Leon Doyle into the boardroom.

 “I brought Gavin back as I felt he was not a doer,” said Edward, before Karren pointed out that Gavin had in fact sold the second highest amount of products.

Lord Sugar told the trio: “Gavin, I don’t know what you’re doing here in the boardroom. You sold well, so you’ve done enough to stay here.”

“Leon, I’m going be blunt: I’m not very enthusiastic about you, I’ve not seen anything sparkle. There was a production issue here which was the main catalyst for the failure.”

“Edward, I admire your enthusiasm but clearly you had no expertise here. One thing you need to learn in life is not to be ashamed about what you’re best at doing. You said on your résumé you’d be my dream but you’ve been a bit of a nightmare, you’re fired.”

Speaking after his exit, Edward Hunter said: “At the end of the day, Lord Sugar didn’t see what he wanted in me and I can accept that, I’m only 25… the world is my oyster.. role with the punches.”