Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Sugar is sweet on bubbly Maria as she avoids chop

Maria Doran

Young Apprentice hopeful Maria Doran has survived being fired by Lord Sugar after her team made a meal of their task to sell a cookery book.

But after the Belfast student survived a roasting from the millionaire business guru, Lord Sugar was left wondering: “How do you solve a problem like Maria?”

Lord Sugar had grilled a worried Maria in the boardroom —but then decided to save her based on his admiration for her “forcefulness and bubbliness”.

Maria (17) had found herself in the bottom three after she ending up on this week’s losing side.

Team Platinum managed 7,500 orders for the cookbook they designed, while Odyssey only had 800 orders.

In an effort to save her own skin, Maria said: “I’m really strong and I’m a domineering person. I’m not going to apologise for that.”

Lord Sugar said to her: “I do admire your forcefulness and bubbliness, and on that basis I’m going to let you remain in this process.”

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