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Week 10: Stamford cleaning entrepreneur Khadija makes it to the final five on BBC's The Apprentice




Stamford entrepreneur Khadija Kalifa will face the terrifying interview stage after being part of the winning team on The Apprentice on BBC One tonight (Wednesday, December 5).

The self-proclaimed 'mumpreneur' showed what she was made of last week when she was in the boardroom but convinced Lord Alan Sugar her business was a "small acorn" ready to grow.

And this week, the candidates were tasked with selling festive chocolates and with Khadija's flavourings proving popular, the team managed to get 7,000 orders from a major retailer compared to the other team's 750.

Next Wednesday, the remaining candidates will face the interview stage in front of some of Lord Sugar's trusted - and terrifying - advisors.

Khadija Kalifa. Photo: BBC (4886097)
Khadija Kalifa. Photo: BBC (4886097)

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9.10pm: The teams are tasked with creating three unique Christmas chocolate flavours and design the branding and packaging. They also have to pitch to two leading retailers. Khadija is on Team Collaborative with Sabrina and Sian with Sabrina as project manager. They opt to go for the higher end of the market. Khadija is tasked with coming up with the flavourings while the other two head off to look at branding.

9.20pm: Khadija has chosen her flavours. "I feel a bit sick and don't want to eat chocolate ever again," says Khadija. "What's more classy than a chestnut?" she asks. "I've got no idea." Mince pie and cinnamon with milk chocolate ganache; a white chocolate with raspberry and chestnut; and dark chocolate with cranberries. Meanwhile, Khadija invites Claude Littner to have a "taste of Christmas" while she puts together the sample batches.

Remoir Chocolat is the name of the brand but Sabrina and Sian disagree over the design of the packaging.

9.30pm: As the team gets to try the flavours, Sabrina says the flavour is too safe but Khadija tells the cameras that Sabrina "can never fully get on board with anything". She adds that she likes the flavours so "I don't really care what she thinks." Meanwhile, the other team is disappointed with their flavourings and the branding of their cheeky chocolates is thought to be a bit too sexy. Khadija is doing consumer research on the streets, where the branding is not thought to be luxury.

The teams pitch to Co-op and online gifting giant Moonpig. Representatives from Moonpig are concerned the packaging is not luxury enough and the girls get confused as they try to answer questions on the packaging. In front of the Co-op retailer, the staff enjoyed the chocolates. It's back to the boardroom to see how they got on.

9.40pm: In the boardroom, Khadija and team don't get an order from the online retailer, against 750 for the opposing team. Meanwhile, the major retailer places an order of 7,000 for Khadija and team, while the opposing team get none. Sian cries as the three girls make it to the interview stage and the final five. Their prize is high tea at the Sanderson Hotel as Lord Sugar congratulates them on their big order.

Click here to read how Khadija got on last week



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