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Well the first showing of this year’s Apprentice and our two hospitality hopefuls Yasmina Siadatan of Mya Lacarte in Caversham, Reading, and Rocky Andrews, who owns sandwich business empire Fatso’s Filling Station in the north-east managed to escape Sir Alan Sugar’s boardroom battle.

This week’s task – to make as much money as possible running cleaning companies – saw the boys jump into the lead (on profit rather than revenue), led by another hospitality champion, Howard Ebison, who had slipped past our beady eyes as he’d been described in the press as a retail business manager. He’s an area manager for 10 pubs for Mitchells & Butlers.

Anita Shah got the bullet, largely because she didn’t spot that the girls had spent too much on cleaning products. Fancy that.

Lots of early tension. While our guys flew below the radar, I think there’s enough egos among this year’s crop of apprentices to make 2009 outstandingly bitchy. Don’t forget to root for all THREE of our guys.

Next week they cater for a corporate function. Bring it on!