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Apprentice Jim serves up Mexican fiasco in food challenge

Bungling Apprentice hopeful Jim Eastwood has made a meal of the fast food task -- by naming his Mexican restaurant after the capital of Venezuela.

In tonight's episode -- the last before Sunday's final -- Alan Sugar sets the five remaining contestants the task of creating and running their own fast food restaurant.

After appointing himself project manager on team Venture, the Northern Irish sales manager serves up a laugh by coming up with the name "Caraca's" for their Mexican cafe.

He tells teammates Susan Ma and Natasha Scribbins that he "dreamed up" the word, which he claims is a variation on the word 'maracas'.

"It's just a name that came to me... thought it was catchy," he says.







Trouble

When the restaurant opens, Eastwood -- whose first job was in his father's fish and chip shop -- then gets into trouble with the kitchen-hand.

He is told: "Please Jim, you should organise the kitchen... we are not ready... I need to talk to you about everything. You must think about things...it takes time to do." Meanwhile, rival team Logic also have naming trouble when they decide to name a dish at their "100pc British pies" restaurant after Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who they wrongly thought was British.

Tonight's episode is the last practical task the contestants have to take on because in the final, showing on Sunday, they will have to face a round of rigorous interviews.

Out of 16 hopefuls, just five remain: Helen Milligan, Tom Pellereau, and Eastwood, Ma and Scribbins.

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