Concluding our profiles of The Apprentice 2011 finalists today is Tom Pellereau, a 31-year-old London born inventor who - as he won't let us forget - created the world's first curved nail file. With the results of this year's Apprentice just hours away, let's find out more about Tom...
Tom survived five consecutive defeats at the start of the process but stumbled further after a disastrous performance as PM in Paris. Nevertheless, his analytical accuracy and self proclaimed “core of steel” have seen him through to the final.
He says: “I’ve had to really fight to stay in this process. I’ve had to continuously had to prove why I am a worthy business partner but the prospect of the investment and working with Lord Sugar is an intense driver to make this happen.”
Appearances as Project Manager: 1
Appearances on Losing Team: 8
Appearances in Board Room: 3
Favourite Sayings: “I’m sorry, I’m learning.”
Best Quote: “I believe I have the potential to be far greater than Dyson and other British inventors.” (Task 8).
Best fight: Heated exchange with Melody over sharing appointments, leading Lord Sugar to say: “Tom… I don’t see you asserting your authority, if you have any at all.” (Task 8)
Worst moment: His role play with Melody in task 9 during the Bix Mix pitch – “Because I love you, I’ll let you have the chocolate half,” was blasted by Nick Hewer as “odd”
Best moment: Knowing portable child seat was a good investment (Task 8)
Worst Boardroom moment: Being dubbed ‘Mr Hindsight’ by Lord Sugar in task 9