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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Apprentice reject's kitchen failure

Francesca MacDuff-Varley has been fired from The Apprentice

Apprentice reject Francesca MacDuff-Varley believes she has ruined her chances of finding love - after demonstrating what a lousy cook she is on national television.

The 32-year-old dance studio founder compounded the situation by being seen in an unattractive hairnet as she created a spicy noodle dish in a "ready meals" task, which buyers complained tasted bland.

Francesca lost out on a place in the final after her business plan for a northern-based chain of dance centres was called into question when she couldn't back up her figures.

However, despite being shown to have poor kitchen skills, she said it was something of a victory to be able to cook anything at all.

Speaking about her worst moment on the show she laughed: "Cooking - short of wearing a hairnet on national television, showing the fact I'm not good marriage material because I can't cook. But probably highlighting to the world that I don't cook and am never going to get married for that reason might be a bit of a low in my life."

She went on: "But anyone that knows me knows what an absolute triumph - I may as well have won the final producing that meal. I couldn't believe I'd actually done it."

Francesca insisted she was proud to have got through the competitive show without resorting to game-playing. She said: "When I went into that environment where everyone was there for themselves... I just found it very, very difficult and a bit tactical at first. I always said I don't play games and I feel really, really proud of myself. I was true to myself, and I didn't need to resort to any tactics, other than working hard. And that's what I did."

Meanwhile, Oxford graduate Jordan Poulton was branded a "parasite" by Lord Sugar's adviser Claude Littner, when it emerged his business plan was based around a technology company founded by someone else.

The 26-year-old admitted: "It's going to hurt to be called that sort of thing, whether it's in private or in public. And I understand the meaning of what Claude was trying to say, I just disagree with the delivery. I think anybody who looks at my track record will see that that word has nothing to do with anything I've done in the past. I think I'm a creative and innovative person that adds value to any team I'm part of."

:: The Apprentice Final will air on Wednesday July 17 at 8pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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