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Lord Sugar fires 'argumentative' Melissa

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2010

A onetime kosher food buyer for Tesco has become the second Jewish casualty of this year’s Apprentice.

Former JFS pupil Melissa Cohen, 27, was fired by Lord Sugar after retailers described her as "annoying". She was also criticised for being argumentative and for her weak pitching skills.

She had survived as project manager the previous week in a task which saw her and her fellow Jewish hopefuls, Jamie Lester and Alex Epstein, baking and selling bagels.

However Synergy, under Mr Lester’s leadership, lost this week’s task, which involved selling new products to major retailers.

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Still tweet for Sugar

By Candice Krieger, October 22, 2010

Lord Sugar now has more than 85,000 followers on Twitter. The Apprentice star joined Twitter in August and has been pretty active on the social networking site ever since.

The peer is confident of attracting more followers and has even offered a free copy of his autobiography What You See Is What You Get to anyone who correctly guesses when he will reach 100,000. On Tuesday, he tweeted: "Those guessing when I will reach 100k followers to win signed book please include date and time". Yes Lord Sugar.

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The Apprentice interview: Joy Stefanicki

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

She was thrown out of The Apprentice for “sitting on the fence”. But Jewish candidate Joy Stefanicki, 31, a former marketing director from Birmingham, says that Lord Sugar never got to see her potential, because it was overshadowed by the behaviour of other contestants.

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The Apprentice week two: no Joy for Jewish hopeful

By Jennifer Lipman, October 13, 2010

Apprentice hopeful Joy Stefanicki has been fired by Lord Sugar after her team managed to set a new record for failure on the show.

The Jewish candidate, who is from Portsmouth but now lives in Birmingham, was called into the boardroom after a disastrous effort by the girls’ team.

For the second task of the series, the teams were sent to Heathrow Airport and told to devise and market a new beach accessory.

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Jewish Apprentice hopefuls impress Lord Sugar

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

All three Jewish candidates hoping to become Lord Sugar's next Apprentice have reached the second week of the competition.

Sausages, rather than kosher chickens, were the focus of the first task of the series as the teams battled to sell at markets in London.

Former King David pupil Alex Epstein had a narrow escape as he was brought back into the boardroom by his project manager. His team, Synergy, made a profit of £305.90 - £15 less than their opponents.

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Advice from ex-Apprentice Michael Sophocles

By Michael Sophocles, October 6, 2010

I really hope my fellow Jews give a better account of themselves than I did, especially Melissa Cohen, who seems to have taken over from me as the resident kosher expert.

It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that Sugar is a man who prides himself on looking at things objectively and no matter where you’re from or what your religion is. There’s certainly no favouritism from the Lord. Being a “nice Jewish boy” can’t help them now.

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The Apprentice, X Factor - Jewish stars take over

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

Singer Katie Waissel may have fluffed her lines in front of Simon Cowell but she’s made the finals of ITV’s X Factor.

And on BBC, a former JFS girl and a King David Manchester boy are battling to impress Lord Sugar in the Apprentice.

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Lord Sugar's kosher Apprentice hopefuls

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

A former kosher food manager for Tesco and a woman who once lived in Israel are two of the contestants vying to become this year’s Apprentice.

The sixth series of Lord Alan Sugar’s reality TV series begins on October 6, with the lineup including Londoner Melissa Cohen.

Ms Cohen, a onetime hairdresser who prides herself on having “single-handedly increased Tesco’s share of the kosher food market to 75 per cent”, cites Richard Branson as one of her idols.

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Tweet like Sugar

By Robyn Rosen, August 12, 2010

It appears Lord Sugar has joined the Twittersphere after an account called @Lord_Sugar announced on the social networking site this week: "Dipping my toes into Twitter…" When loyal fans questioned if it was really the famed businessman, his PR, David Fraser, was quick to confirm its authenticity.

Lord Sugar then dedicated his next tweet to praising eight-year-old Connor Pickering from Warwickshire, who has been nicknamed Alan Sugar Junior after sacking two classmates from his fairy cake business.

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Employee drops case against Alan Sugar

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2009

A sex discrimination case against Lord Alan Sugar and Apprentice winner Lee McQueen has been dropped.

Hanna Sebright, 46, has claimed that sexist remarks were made to her while she was working for Amscreen.

Lord Sugar, who was recently appointed as the government’s enterprise tsar, was chairman of Amscreen until July this year.

Ms Sebright made a claim of unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination against Lord Sugar, his son Simon, Lee McQueen and Sean Keenan.

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