‘Why am I making bao buns?’ The Apprentice’s Shannon Martin reveals real reason she quit the show

‘I just thought what am I doing here making bao buns?’ The Apprentice’s Shannon Martin reveals the real reason she quit the show – after Gordon Ramsay said the task had ‘nothing to do with running an office’

The Apprentice star Shannon Martin revealed the real reason she quit the hit show on Thursday after a disastrous bao buns challenge. 

The TV personality said that during the task, she questioned why she was in a kitchen cooking the Chinese dish and why she was on the show in the first place. 

It comes after celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay said he had no idea how cooking bao buns has anything to do with ‘running an office’.

'I just thought what am I doing here making bao buns?' The Apprentice's Shannon Martin revealed the real reason she quit the show this week - after Gordon Ramsay said the task had 'nothing to do with running an office'

‘I just thought what am I doing here making bao buns?’ The Apprentice’s Shannon Martin revealed the real reason she quit the show this week – after Gordon Ramsay said the task had ‘nothing to do with running an office’

‘During the bao bun task, I was there in the kitchen thinking ”Why am I here? What am I doing here making bao buns in a kitchen when I can’t cook as it is?” she said.

‘I just really felt like I couldn’t focus on the tasks because I was constantly thinking about what was going on at home. What’s happening with the business? Is everything okay? I knew in the back of my mind that of course everything would be okay, the team are amazing.

‘But I’m a perfectionist, I need to know what’s going on all the time and not being able to know how things were going on at home or what was happening at work was really hard for me.

Not mincing his words! It comes after celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay said he had no idea how cooking bao buns has anything to do with 'running an office'

Not mincing his words! It comes after celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay said he had no idea how cooking bao buns has anything to do with ‘running an office’

‘The unknown is definitely not something I’m good at. The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ”Am I in here for the right reasons? Do I really want a business partner? Is this what I want? Do I want my life to change?” and it really made me realise I love my life; I love the team and I love everything about my life.

‘I knew that I could potentially win the show, and did I really want to win and have my life completely changed? No, I didn’t. I wasn’t in there for the right reasons.

‘The other candidates are just amazing and there’s so many amazing businesses there that I felt that they deserve to win. I’ve already got a very successful business. I just felt that there were more deserving people there than me and it was not right for me to stay in the process.

‘The experience has given me the confidence to know that I can do it on my own, and since leaving the process I’ve set up Nori Ivy and I am now designing and manufacturing bridal gowns in the UK.’

Despite quitting the series, Shannon admitted that taking part in The Apprentice was a ‘lifelong goal’ for her, explaining: ‘I applied about 10 years ago when I first came up with my business plan idea. I went to the interviews and spoke to a lovely lady who said, ”you’ve got a really good business idea, but you’re not right for us at this time, but you should come back.”

'During the bao bun task, I was there in the kitchen thinking ''Why am I here? What am I doing here making bao buns in a kitchen when I can't cook as it is?'' she said

‘During the bao bun task, I was there in the kitchen thinking ”Why am I here? What am I doing here making bao buns in a kitchen when I can’t cook as it is?” she said

Shannon decided to leave the show before the results of the latest challenge.

The bridal boutique owner revealed that she opted to quit the show after deciding she ‘loved’ her business and ‘doesn’t need a partner,’ despite the girls team winning this week’s challenge.

Following her exit Kevin D’Arcy became the second candidate of the series to be fired by Lord Sugar, after being told that was ‘more focused on revenue than profit’ during the disastrous Bao Buns challenge.

Disaster: Pictured are some of the buns made by the boys during the challenge

Disaster: Pictured are some of the buns made by the boys during the challenge

Something different: The teams were put to work as they decided on the ingredients going into the buns, as the girls decided on katsu basa buns

Something different: The teams were put to work as they decided on the ingredients going into the buns, as the girls decided on katsu basa buns

Earlier this week, Gordon Ramsay told MailOnline he doesn’t understand why Alan included a food task on The Apprentice, when the show is about how to run an office.

Gordon, 56, suggested that Lord Sugar took inspiration from HIM, saying: ‘What have bao buns got to do with running an office?’

Lord Sugar previously accused Gordon of ‘ripping off’ The Apprentice with his TV show, Future Food Stars, in an interview last week. 

Tycoon Alan, 75, previously said that Gordon should ‘stick to his day job’ after he launched the new series of Future Food Stars last year.

It sees 12 entrepreneurs compete for a £150,000 investment of the restaurateur’s own money to start a food business.

He insists the format of Gordon’s show is a ‘virtual rip-off’ of The Apprentice and says he doesn’t understand how lawyers allowed it to go ahead.

But speaking highly of Lord Sugar, Gordon said: ‘I love that guy.’

‘The Apprentice is an amazing format.’

‘And when the BBC approached us three years ago and asked if they could entice us to develop an exciting food hero sort of entrepreneur programme, I got so excited.

Alan told MailOnline that Gordon should 'stick to his day job' after he launched the new series last year, which sees 12 entrepreneurs compete for a £150,000 investment of the restaurateur's own money to start a food business

Alan told MailOnline that Gordon should ‘stick to his day job’ after he launched the new series last year, which sees 12 entrepreneurs compete for a £150,000 investment of the restaurateur’s own money to start a food business

Don't hold back! Lord Sugar previously accused Gordon of 'ripping off' The Apprentice with his show Future Food Stars

Don’t hold back! Lord Sugar previously accused Gordon of ‘ripping off’ The Apprentice with his show Future Food Stars

‘We started to unearth all this talent. Since then, we’ve gone off to the US and next month, we’re off to Australia.’

Contemplating further, he said: ‘Yeah, Lord Sugar, bless him in his 70s… I don’t think that my level of competition and excitement is anywhere near his at that age.

‘But I was fascinated with the bao bun challenge they had on The Apprentice. What’s that got to do with running an office?’

When asked if Lord Sugar could have been inspired by him, Gordon replied: ‘Who knows? But I love that guy.’

THE APPRENTICE 2023: MEET THE CANDIDATES

AVI SHARMA

Occupation: City banker

Location: London

Key info: Youngest candidate and believes that Lord Sugar’s investment will get him out of the “rat race” of city banking

He says: ‘Some say I’m delusional, I prefer the term optimistic.’

DANI DONOVAN 

Occupation: Hair salon owner

Location: Hertfordshire

Key info: Believes she deserves to win the programme because her business fills a ‘huge gap’ in the market, saying: ‘It baffles me that no one has done it yet!’

She says: ‘I think I’m a different kind of business owner, someone who is a lot more relatable to people.’

EMMA BROWNE

Occupation: Senior account executive

Location: County Kildare

Key info: Laser focused on making her unique business idea a resounding success

She says: ‘I am disgustingly competitive. I will go to any lengths to win this investment.’

JOSEPH PHILLIPS

Occupation: Safari Guide

Location: Worcestershire

Key info: The “James Bond of the business world” with a degree in Zoology

He says: ‘If Lord Sugar wants to invest in a business to help save the ocean, one lip balm at a time, then I’m his guy.’

MARK MOSELEY

Occupation: Pest control company owner

Location: London

Key info: A former soldier who says he can ‘sell to anyone’ with the gift of the gab

He says: ‘If Lord Sugar doesn’t pick me, then he’s missing a trick.’ 

MEGAN HORNBY

Occupation: Sweet shop and café owner

Location: East Yorkshire

Key info: She says her business fills a gap in the market and has the potential to be nationally recognised.

She says: ‘I think that no matter what situation I am thrown into, I will always give one hundred percent truth, even if it’s hard to hear.’

ROCHELLE ANTHONY

Occupation: Hair salon and academy owner

Location: Bedfordshire

Key info: Describes herself as ‘tenacious, fierce and determined’ and says together with Lord Sugar they would be ‘an absolute force to be reckoned with.’

She says: ‘I’m always being compared to the Kim Kardashian of the business world because I’m doing business with a hint of glam.’ 

SHAZIA HUSSAIN 

Occupation: Technology recruiter

Location: London

Key info: Wants to champion a varied representation of diverse women in the world of business

She says: ‘I don’t need any friends in business. I am here to win this.’

SOHAIL CHOWHARY 

Occupation: Martial arts school owner

Location: Southampton

Key info: Raised in a council house and worked hard to create business and warns other candidates to be ‘wary’

He says: ‘I am calm and collected, but if they do come at me? I will bite and I will sting, and I will leave my mark.’

BRADLEY JOHNSON 

Occupation: Director of construction company

Location: North Yorkshire 

Key info: Self-made business that turns over half-a-million after being made redundant just four years ago

He says: ‘I have a business plan that will see us turn over seven figures after year three and who knows where else that could take us.’

 DENISHA KAUR BHARJ 

Occupation: Financial controller

Location: Leicestershire

Key info: Says she wants the investment opportunity because she wants to ‘be mentored by the best to be the best’

She says: ‘There’s only one Denisha Kaur.’

GREGORY EBBS

Occupation: Owner of an online antiques marketplace

Location: Shropshire

Key info: Previously worked as a professional cannon-firer in Malta

He says: ‘I would say, a willingness to try different things and not being afraid to be slightly different is one of my biggest strengths.’

KEVIN D’ARCY

Occupation: Accountant

Location: Dublin

Key info: Started his water sports equipment business during lockdown, whilst working in his job in the financial services

He says: ‘With Lord Sugar as my business partner, I know we can ride that wave into the UK and beyond…’

MARNIE SWINDELLS 

Occupation: Court advocate

Location: London

Key info: A gold medal-winning boxer and imaginative businesswoman

She says: ‘I deserve Lord Sugar’s investment because I have given my blood, sweat and tears to my business.’

REECE DONNELLY

Occupation: Theatre school owner

Location: Glasgow

Key info: Is determined to become the first Scottish candidate to secure Lord Sugar’s investment and claims to be the youngest CEO of a further education college in the UK

He says: ‘I’m here to prove that Scotland is filled with forward-thinking entrepreneurs and that we are not in fact a haggis-eating, kilt-wearing nation.’

SHANNON MARTIN

Occupation: Bridal boutique owner

Location: West Yorkshire

Key info: Is hoping to be the first business partner to bring Lord Sugar into the lucrative bridal industry.

She says: ‘Lord Sugar needs to be my next business partner, so I can make him millions.’ 

SIMBA RWAMBIWA

Occupation: Senior sales representative

Location: Birmingham

Key info: Is a self-confessed ‘perfectionist’ who says his business will improve the quality of people’s lives

He says: ‘If people can’t buy into you, they’ll never buy anything from you.’

VICTORIA GOULBOURNE 

Occupation: Owner of online sweet business

Location: Merseyside

Key info: Former flight attendant who started business in lockdown which grew into social media success

She says: ‘I’ve travelled all over the world and am not afraid to take on a challenge.’

 

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