A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Seeds of change...

















I have been playing truant from work…
Actually, Wednesday evenings, I do not usually go down to the restaurants. My bookkeeper hogs my office so I often venture in later. But for the last two weeks, I have been skiving.
And I have discovered The Apprentice!

It is such a good laugh! It started about six weeks ago with sixteen hopefuls. The purpose of the program is to end up with one Apprentice who is given a job in Alan Sugar’s business. At the end of each episode, Alan Sugar sacks one of the young contestants.

Last week the task was to sell British produce in Arras Market (France). The guy who got the sack, an ex-army lieutenant had made the stupidest decision of buying massive slabs of Cheddar cheese from a cash and carry and trying to flog it in France, a country that boasts more than 400 regional cheeses. He then tried to cook some sausages on a hopeless scout contraption he made out of a tin of beans.

This week, the task was to buy ten items for less than the asking price. Among other things to purchase were Nigella seeds. I do agree that these may not be the most obvious things to know. None of the contestants had any idea what they were.
They ended up running around London streets, scouring ethnic shops and cash and carries for these elusive seeds.

I may sound a bit smug but could they not have used the internet to find out what the bloody things were before they even got into the car?


A little common sense goes a long way!

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26 Comments:

Blogger andrea said...

Ha! There's nothing like doing your homework is there? I think some contestants are chosen just because the producers *know* they won't do their homework, hence the entertainment factor. (As for me, I was hoping Nigella seeds were something I could plant in a pot and grow mini food experts who would then invade my kitchen, in Lawson-like fashion, and put me out of a job! :)

10/5/07 1:42 AM  
Blogger la bellina mammina said...

i love watching the Apprentice when there's nothing else to watch *sic* not that I watch a lot of tv....
Change of plan...son not going to camp, but to Italy instead!

10/5/07 6:49 AM  
Blogger zoe said...

what a bunch of idiots!

10/5/07 11:15 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Maybe they have to pretend to live in the Stone Age. *chuckle*

10/5/07 11:25 AM  
Blogger Merisi said...

Soo, you smuggled in a painting of yours?

10/5/07 11:26 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

Love the 'Love Birds'.

I don't watch the apprentice, can't stand AS, but from what I've read it makes you wonder how some of the 'contestants' manage to get through the first round! As you say have they never heard of Google?

Hope you're enjoying playing truant - you naughty boy! :)

10/5/07 11:45 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Andrea, you may have a point there. I think it is all about entertainment and if they get a very boring geek, then the ratings might slump. I think that Nigella will be seething that they didn't know her seeds...

Wow, Bella your son is so lucky!!!

Z, absolument!

Merisi, just another doodle while watching the telly.

Akelamalu, I can't stand him either. Very arrogant but in this Apprentice, the contestants deserve his wrath.
I love playing truant, watching the telly, doodling, cooking...

10/5/07 1:28 PM  
Blogger Hayden said...

may be a doodle, but it's a very nice one indeed!

10/5/07 2:05 PM  
Blogger Merisi said...

What duuja say to somebody like me how wouldn't manage to do a doodle half as nice in a 40 hours week? :-)))

10/5/07 4:45 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

Did you watch it last year? Alan Sugar made a big mistake, he should have picked 'Badger', a woman after my own heart!!!
Not watched to much this time to busy in the study Blogging..

10/5/07 5:59 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Thanks, Hayden. But as Galileo said it may be nice but it's still a doodle... ;o)

Merisi, I have ordered my Cybershot. Will be arriving in the next couple of days but I am sure I will not take photos like your in a 72 hour week...

No, Queenie I didn't watch last year's cos I wasn't keen on Alan Sugar. I'm still not that keen on him but I was off and doodling in front of the telly so I watched it.
You'll have to have a portable in your study! Come on girl, what about multitasking? Life is too short!

10/5/07 6:30 PM  
Blogger phoenix said...

see all the degrees and qualifications in the world cannot give you common sense.The fact that he's going to pay the winner 100grand a year to work for him makes me doubt his common sense too.

10/5/07 6:54 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

It is a such shame that common sense comes with age and experience.
Too bloody late to make a good Apprentice!

10/5/07 7:09 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

That is true, something I realise more each day. Sure I made a spelagmustuke somewhere, because I have the red line under the word. But I don't care, life is to short, to go back and correct what you did wrong.
Maybe it wasn't my mistake, who says the computer is always right!!!!!!

10/5/07 8:28 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Queenie, now you are definitely talking in riddles.
If you're on about the spelling mistake you made donkeys ago, you have a good memory! I completely forgot about it.
I also make spelagmustukes...
I blame them on my typing.

10/5/07 9:22 PM  
Blogger Queenie said...

You are just to clever, am I an ass or maybe a aphlant, that never forgets??????? Remember your the one who brought up the spifingmistut!!!


This is alkl fun remebrick....

10/5/07 10:33 PM  
Blogger SpanishGoth said...

I know what you mean about the idiots - I saw part of it and was watching with Mi Mariposa (who is actually French). I actually lost part of my glass of red wine (via my nose) when one of them said "What are we supposed to get? They only eat frogs legs and snails don't they....".

Incidentally, you could sell British cheese in France - but as with anything, preparation and presentation are the keys...

11/5/07 8:44 AM  
Blogger Lippy said...

Oooh and you have a food blog too - I foresee major linking coming up! Hurrah!

11/5/07 8:54 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Queenie, I surrender!

Yes, I nearly choked when I heard that! I tell you, what Andrea said at the top must be bloody true!
Tu as un papillon, alors! Chapeau!

Welcome Lippy. I think my food blog needs a bit of dusting. I haven't posted for a long time.

11/5/07 9:31 AM  
Blogger dip-dop-crabtree said...

ha! The idiots, because they never go alone!! A group of young people endow with a life appetite ferocious spend his time to stalk stupidity. They explore the hidden values and the less appreciated idiocy and the confront to the corporation in which they live. They are delighted to every time that the one of them finds a new manner to surpass the limits of stupidity.

Mister, Goth, think again that the French do not nourish themselves that of snails and of frog thighs??? My woman being young had frog thighs, this was a régal! I have well crossed snails in my garden, but according to the color of their shell "red red yellow with coats of arms" I suppose that they have of the to pass the border?? Joke idiote!

11/5/07 4:03 PM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

sounds like this Apprentice has a lot of food references. Ours is with Donald Trump who gets on my last nerve! I have always fantasized about being on Survivor but I would hate to get so stinky, ha!

11/5/07 8:06 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

Yes it was copied from the American one.
I'd like to try Survivor but can you imagine being stuck with a bunch of knuckleheads!

12/5/07 11:12 AM  
Blogger mutleythedog said...

Love the pic - Alan Sugar is such a dickhead I can't watch the Apprentice. Also the people are as thick as mud...

12/5/07 1:57 PM  
Blogger Cream said...

I have watched one and half episodes and I really wonder whether these guys have got an ounce of common sense between them.

12/5/07 2:32 PM  
Blogger Edvard Moonke said...

but cream, that would imply that they've got any common sense.

the best thing about the program is knowing that one of the fools will be 'sacked' in the end.

14/5/07 7:15 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

That's the only satisfying bit about the whole program, Marcos.

14/5/07 8:18 AM  

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