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    Posted: 11 May 2011 at 10:03

The Apprentice 2011: Accountant Edward Hunter is first to be fired as the new series kicks off

By Ben Todd and Sarah Bull

Last updated at 8:49 AM on 11th May 2011

He had the unenviable honour of being the first person fired from the new series of The Apprentice.

And now the Daily Mail can reveal that accountant Edward Hunter is currently unemployed following his appearance on the hit series.

Television viewers watched last night as Hunter - who is Afghani-British - was given the axe by Lord Sugar at the end of the first episode of the hit BBC1 show.


You're fired! Edward Hunter was the first to be shown the door by Lord Sugar as the new series of The Apprentice kicked off tonight


Not impressed: Lord Sugar was unimpressed with Edward's comments in the boardroom as he tried to defend himself

He was dumped after leading the boys to defeat in the first task as well as failing to offer a clear plan for their task - despite tearfully defending himself to Lord Sugar.

Now, Hunter, from Reading, Berkshire, has revealed he has left his accountancy job at one of the country’s major firms and is now unemployed.

The 25-year-old - who was left in tears as he was fired from the show - declined to comment on whether he was currently claiming benefit.


Loss: The group lost the fruit and vegetable task to the girls' Team Venture


Celebrating: The girls leave the boardroom after learning they had won the task

A friend, though, insisted afterwards that he was not receiving a state hand-out. However, he admitted: ‘I am unemployed,’ before adding: ‘I am going to be an entrepreneur.’

He explained that he had actually quit the accountancy firm - and a subsequent job at an energy company - before appearing in The Apprentice, which was filmed last summer. 


Hunter, who has been married to wife Wendy for five years, said that he is now planning a career as an entrepreneur.

And he revealed he is now looking for investors to help him launch an Afghan food range.


Back in the boardroom: The newest recruits returned to our screens tonight on BBC1. Sir Alan tasked them with turning £250 of fruit and veg into cool hard cash

He explained: ‘Basically, being half Afghan-half English, I’m going to launch an Afghan cooking sauce.’

Hunter plans to call the range Atta’s Afghan Josh – Atta being Hunter’s middle name – and is hoping to partner with a supermarket to sell the sauce.  He also vowed to give a half of his profits from the sauce to the Help for Heroes campaign.

Indeed, he hopes he can make Afghani cuisine as popular as Indian food has become in the UK.


Preparations: The girls' team, led by Melody, discuss their tactics for the task and decide on the name Team Venture


Taking the vote: The boys disagree on the team name but in the end go for Team Logic

‘All my English friends, who have come round, have loved it,’ he said.

Despite his emotional exit from the programme, Hunter insisted he had found the experience of being on The Apprentice positive and said he was fond of Lord Sugar.

However, he claimed that Lord Sugar did not ‘understood’ why he had chosen to fire him.

Hunter insisted: ‘It’s not how you fall – it’s how you land. I feel good. I’m happy and very positive. I think good will come of it all.’


Don't give up your day job: The Girls team, Venture find the fruit and veg task problematic when they opt for a pasta dish


Cooking up a storm: Susan and Edna take charge in the kitchen as the team prepare their fruit salads

And he added: ‘I really like Lord Sugar. [But] I don’t think he understood why he fired me.’

Hunter failed to impress the business mogul during the debut task and was pulped after his team lost a fruit and veg challenge.

His relaxed approach rubbed his teammates up the wrong way, as well as the tycoon, who branded him 'a slow internet line, which you have to sit and wait for'.

The series began with all 16 contestants being called into the boardroom for a grilling from Lord Sugar.

Lord Sugar told the hopefuls: 'I'm looking for someone who's got a brain who's going to go into business with me. I'm talking about a £250,000 investment. If you go sitting in the office and do nothing, I'm not going to be a very happy bunny.

'I am personally sick and tired of this moaning culture of people saying you can't do this, you can't start your own business, because you can. First of all you need an idea, a product, a service and then you need to put in a lot of hard work and you need to have determination.


Plans turned to pulp: Alex Britez Cabral and Glenn Ward from the boys team Logic are left hand-squeezing the oranges for their fruit juice


Too much technology? The blender appeared too technical for the boys team

'This process this time around is not about getting a six-figure salary. I'm not Saint Alan, the patron saint of bloody losers. This is an investment - I want some return on my money.'

The teams have to come up with their own names and the girls pick the name Venture while the boys choose Logic.

The teams have to invest the money in fresh fruit and vegetables and then turn it into products.

The girls try to come up with an option for breakfast, such as fruit salad, and an option for lunch like vegetable pasta, while the boys go for soup and juice before realising that none of them actually know how to make soup. However, they do eventually decide on tomato soup and orange juice.


Doh! Edward struggles as the pressure mounts during the team's first task


This is what we do: Edward struggles to be authoritative as he leads his team

Both teams make their way to market to pick up fresh fruit and vegetables for their products.

But when the boys were trying to get on track with their task, Gavin Winstanley said he was unimpressed with Edward's leading ability.

The girls opt for a mixed fruit salad for breakfast and vegetable pasta for lunch. However, they ran into trouble when Edna, who had been put in charge of costings, was ignored as the other girls try and make their deals.

And when they got back to the kitchens, the girls were unsure whether they had enough fruit for their fruit salads.


Plush: The contestants make their way into their temporary abode in Richmond-Upon-Thames

After deciding they would keep the fruit salads sparse, Nick Hewer said their decision to save as much of their £250 investment as possible was unwise.

Back in the boys' kitchen, Jim was put in charge of the soup while Leon Doyle took charge of the juice.

But while Leon thought he had the easy job juicing the oranges, Edward told him he was juicing them for too long. And, after breaking all three electric juicers, the boys were forced to juice the oranges by hand.

While the boys were juicing away, the girls were already in Canary Wharf selling their fruit salads to the breakfast trade.

At 11am, the boys were still juicing, and Glenn Ward was not happy that project manager Edward was letting the group get away with taking so long.


Nice outfits! The girls' fruit salad team sell their wares in Canary Wharf, but are stunned when they run out of fruit to sell


You need your five a day! The girls then made their way to Euston Station to help selling the vegetable pasta

For lunch, the boys' soup team chose to pitch their permanent stand at Liverpool Street, while the soup team targeted offices in the West End, with sales manager Vincent leading the selling process.

The girls' pasta team pitched up at Euston station but found commuters were less impressed with the pasta.

And with just one hour left, the girls' fruit salad team decided to meet the rest of their team at Euston as they had run out of food.

But Edna was not happy, saying: 'The project manager comes right at the end of the day to tell us what to do when we've been doing fine all day.'

Then it was time for both teams to make their way back to the boardroom to find out who had sold the most.

When asked by Lord Sugar about Edward's leading ability, both Glenn and Thomas said they were unimpressed.

And then it was time for the business mogul to push Edward, asking him how much he had chosen to sell the juices and soups for.


Soup time: The boys chose to sell their tomato soup in Liverpool Street station


Dishing it up: The boys feed the hungry commuters with hot tomato soup

When Edward failed to produce the answer, Vincent stepped forward.

Over on the girls' team, Melody was voted a good leader by the rest of her team. But when Lord Sugar asked why they had only spent £170 of their £250 investment, Melody had replied that they had been trying to keep the costs down, which didn't go down too well.

Then it was time for the figures. While Karen revealed the boys had made £432.13 in total, £339.20 on the juices and £92.93 on the soup, Nick said the girls had made £592 in all, £555.05 on fruit and £37.28 on pasta, meaning the girls won.

Team Venture were then treated to a champagne reception back at the house while the boys had to wait it out in a local greasy spoon.

Back in the boardroom, Lord Sugar grilled Edward about his lack of planning during the task.

Thomas came forward to say: 'The lack of planning in this task affected us very badly during the task.'

But Edward hit back: 'All I'm guilty of on this task was being too ambitious. I'm very happy to accept I underestimated the manpower needed to squeeze oranges.'


Celebration: The girls return to the house after their victory to a champagne reception


Cheers: The girls clink glasses as they celebrate winning the first task of the new series

Lord Sugar also targeted Alex for only selling nine units of soup from his fixed point at Liverpool Street.

Then it was time for Edward to bring back two people into the boardroom, and the two he chose were Gavin and Leon.

Talking to Nick and Karen about who he should send home, Lord Sugar said: 'Edward reminds me of a very slow production line, it takes time for everything to tick over.'

When the trio returned to the boardroom, Edward and Gavin started arguing about whether Gavin had volunteered to be project manager.

Defending himself, Edward replied: 'Not only am I the youngest in the team, and I'm the shortest, I had a motley crew of young men who I had to form into a team.'

After that particular comment, Lord Sugar tweeted: 'Not only the youngest I am the shortest. Hard to keep a straight face.'

It then came down to Leon and Edward for Lord Sugar to fire.


Fighting his corner: Edward chose to take Leon and Gavin back into the boardroom, but couldn't save himself


Goodbye: Lord Sugar points as he fires Edward, the first contestant to be fired from this series

Lord Sugar told Edward: 'I admire your enthusiasm to take on the leader role but you have no expertise there. You kept it all in your head.'

He then told Edward that he shouldn't be ashamed of his accountancy skills, adding: 'You said on your resume that you're Lord Sugar's dream, but with the great respect, you've been a bit of a nightmare.'

Straight after being fired, Edward stormed out of the room and only turned back when Lord Sugar called him to give him some parting advice.

In the cab on his way home, Edward said: 'I'm only 25, the world is my oyster. Roll with the punches.'

Edward, who is now backing marketing entrepreneur Leon to win the show, insisted he entered the show without a strategy, adding: 'I'm not a games guy, I'm not into tactics - I'm just myself.'

'You might say it's not the best tactic to go forward but I don't like tactics, I think it's all a bit silly. I was myself going forward and I can't regret being myself.'

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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 May 2011 at 12:16
right choice he was utter shite, typical micro manager and faultless in his own mind of course
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