Edward Hunter the first to be fired from The Apprentice 2011

Edward 'Atta' Hunter

Edward Hunter has become the first candidate to be fired by Lord Sugar in tonight's premiere episode of The Apprentice 2011. The accountant failed to win over Lord Sugar when he took on the role of Project Manager in this evening's first challenge.

In tonight's first 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.


Meanwhile on the girls team Melody Hossaini took charge of the group, who called themselves Venture. Taking a strong leadership, 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.

In the boardroom and at first it seemed as though the guys had the upper hand, making £339 from selling their orange juice compared to the girls' £37 worth of revenue from their pasta. However the fruit boxes sold very well for the girls, 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.

With the boys taking a heavy defeat, they returned to the boardroom the next day to face the music from Lord Sugar and his aides Karren Brady and Nick Hewer.

After going over the task, 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."

The Apprentice 2011 continues tomorrow night at 9PM on BBC One.

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