APPRENTICE hopeful Katie Wright, who is from Northamptonshire, has become the latest candidate to be given the chop from the BBC One show after making a dog’s dinner of a gourmet street-food task.
The self-proclaimed “blonde assassin”, 26, ended up in Lord Sugar’s boardroom for the third time when she failed to make a killing selling Italian fare to football fans and tourists during a trip to Edinburgh.
Wright, who dressed as a giant pizza in a bid to boost sales for her team, was fired by the tycoon in the latest episode, which was broadcast on Wednesday night.
But she insisted team leader Adam Corbally should have been the one to feel the heat and sent home from the show.
She said: “I just don’t think he ran the task very well and he didn’t actually understand what the task was about.
“I’m really, really gutted and, based on this episode alone, I don’t think it was fair. But based on the process as a whole, I can see that Lord Sugar might just have been a bit sick and tired of seeing my face in the bottom three.”
She added: “I just wish I didn’t get fired in a pizza costume. I have better outfits I could have worn.”
After struggling to sell their premium-priced meatballs outside Hearts FC’s football stadium, Wright’s Team Phoenix attempted to lure sightseers off tour buses instead.
Their £298 profit wasn’t enough however to beat rivals Sterling who brought in £320 from their Scottish casserole.
Wright, who hails from Northamptonshire but now lives in Brixton, south London, and works for a public policy publisher, said she shouldn’t have encouraged the team to sell gourmet food at a football stadium.
She said: “In my mind I thought it was genius. More fool me.
“I genuinely, stupidly thought we were going to sell all our meatballs and we would have the afternoon off.”
But Wright said her real error had been ending up in the boardroom in the first week of the show.
She said: “There’s no doubt about it, I was probably the closest that any candidate’s ever been to being fired.
“It became a self-fulfilling prophecy with the other candidates. They thought I was weak and they just kept bringing me back into the boardroom, and I was suddenly fighting a very uphill battle. I was never going to win after my performance in week one.”
And Wright, who is backing architect Gabrielle Omar for victory, said she was keen to shake off the blonde assassin tag.
She said: “I don’t think that my performance in The Apprentice necessarily demonstrated that. What that was really about is I work in politics, it’s a very male-dominated field, and I constantly have to work really hard to let people see my work and my value.”