The Apprentice: Kids' party provides plenty of food for thought

Richard Woods and Vana Koutsomitis in the kitchen preparing food as they take part in the latest challenge on The Apprentice.
Richard Woods and Vana Koutsomitis in the kitchen preparing food as they take part in the latest challenge on The Apprentice.
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I would have loved to take part in this week's task on The Apprentice - planning a children's birthday party with a £2,000 budget.

Who on earth spends that by the way?

This task was very similar to the coach tours task that I took part in last year. It's all about giving the customer a great experience, good value for money and generating a big profit margin.

I thought both teams made a good start in their selection of activities, which matched the brief from their clients, but Selina's team made a huge error in not taking the client's contact details, and as a result missed out on a big opportunity to up-sell party bags and confirm the finer details.

As much as Richard may have been labelled on occasion on social media as the 'David Brent' of this year's candidates - and he is fairly cocky at times - I have to hand it to him, he was the brains behind his team's win this week, with his eyes firmly on the profit margins and his purse-strings tied tightly.

This stage of the process is so pressurised. There really is nowhere to hide, you have to contribute big-time, but you also have to be prepared to stand by your decisions and to have your fellow housemates throw you under the bus in the boardroom (and then go back to the house and get along with each other...now that messes with your head!).

It was hilarious viewing when Charlene tried to make her own swift exit back to the house, after assuming she wasn't going to be in the firing line.

It was a shame to see David go this week, as I've always admired his enthusiasm and positivity, but at this stage small mistakes can cost you dearly, and this was certainly the case with his customised T-shirts.

Little tip David ... next time you iron on a photo transfer to a T-shirt, make sure you don't use the steam setting...I know this from last year's coach tours task...you need a dry iron!

Vana was quiet this week, mostly because she couldn't get a word in around Richard, but she is still my front runner.

Who is yours? Tweet me @KatieBulmer1 and let me know.