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Apprentice web chat: Edward Hunter

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The new series of The Apprentice began with the usual drama last night (Tuesday 10 May), with accountant Edward Hunter becoming the first victim of Lord Sugar's firing finger. Fresh from his exit, Stylist caught up with the 25-year-old in an exclusive web chat - the results of which you can read at the bottom of this page.

Half-British and half-Afghan, Edward was born and raised in Reading and landed his first job as a gardener at the age of 12.

He successfully applied for a role in a global professional services firm headquartered in London straight after university and was hired as Senior Associate in the audit team before becoming an accountant at a FTSE 30 energy company.

Trained at one of the world’s leading accountancy firms, Edward describes himself as a "wheeler dealer who accidentally became a finance professional and wants out" - a fact that effectively marked his exit from the BBC1 show last night.

Volunteering for the ill-fated position of first-task team leader, Edward came under fire for leading his team in a chaotic fruit and veg-selling task with no real acknowledgement of the figures involved - despite his accountancy background.

Defending himself in the boardroom, Edward said, "Not only am I the youngest in the team, I'm the shortest. I had a motley crew of young men who I had to form into a team."

But Lord Sugar was unimpressed and branded him a "nightmare" before firing him.

Read all of the questions put to Edward - and his replies - in our live web chat below.

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