Katie Wright has become the latest candidate to be fired on The Apprentice 2012, after the candidates went on a trip to Edinburgh for their latest task.
The contestants had to create and sell gourmet street food, with Adam leading Phoenix and Jenna taking charge of Sterling.
After the task and back in the boardroom, Lord Sugar asked Adam about Phoenix’s street food and he explained they opted for meatballs and pasta. He caused Lord Sugar concern when describing how the pork used in the meatballs was “cheap”, forcing him to sheepishly insist, “it makes a quality meatball Lord Sugar, don’t get me wrong we weren’t going for poor quality, but it happened to be cheap to buy.”
Next, Jenna described Sterling’s gourmet Scottish casserole and Lord Sugar was surprised by the amount they spent on their ingredients stating, “You really took the quality and gourmet thing seriously, didn’t you?”
The figures from Nick Hewer and Karren Brady were close.
Phoenix spent £90.25 on ingredients and had total sales of £388.29, resulting in a profit of £298.04
Sterling spent £268.82 on ingredients and had total sales of £588.60, resulting in a profit of £319.78
At the Losers Cafe, Phoenix’s Project Manager Adam was reluctant to take responsibility for his team losing the task, “I don’t take any of the blame myself for the failing in this task.”
Back in the boardroom, Lord Sugar outlined the two reasons why he thinks they lost the task, “one is you can’t sell and two, you went off in the wrong direction and made a load of cheap stuff.”
Adam defended the quality of their street food, believing they did meet the gourmet criteria, to which Lord Sugar retorted, “Adam, I’ve had some pictures shown to me of these meatballs and I’ve got to tell you, I’ve seen things like that at the Zoo in the elephant pen on the floor.”
Adam decided to bring back Azhar and Katie to face Lord Sugar in the final boardroom.
Delivering his final verdict, Lord Sugar explained: “Azhar - I’ve expressed my opinion about you not speaking up, you’ve certainly come out of your shell a little bit here today and what you do say actually makes a bit of sense compared to some other people.
"Adam – you’re certainly an enthusiastic person but there are at least two or three big errors that have been made on this task. You were supposed to be the team leader and you let other people drag you down.
"Katie – he listened to you. One could argue that’s his problem for listening to you, but the information you gave him was wrong."
The boss continued: "Adam – I don’t know if you’re out of your depth here, I’m sure you’re a very hard worker and I know that you’ve got a good business going. I’m going to give you one more chance to stay in this process because I hope you’re going to learn now to assert your authority properly.
"Katie – I’m afraid to say that having been in this position for the third time I’m not convinced. Katie – You’re Fired.”
As she was driven away in a black cab, Katie reflected: “I do feel absolutely robbed. I believe Adam should have been fired, he made a complete mess of this task, but the decision has been made. The plan was to make Lord Sugar a lot of money but it looks like I’m going to have to go off and do that by myself.”
The Apprentice 2012 continues on Wednesdays at 9PM on BBC One.