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HOW do you kosher a chicken? Ac­cord­ing to Jewish Ap­pren­tice can­di­date Michael Sopho­cles, by tak­ing a ha­lal chicken from the Mar­rakech soukh and then hav­ing an ex­tra bless­ing mut­tered over it by a Mus­lim butcher.

This des­per­ate fail­ure to achieve one of the 10 must-have items on Sir Alan Sugar’s list in this week’s BBC One pro­gramme achieved a new low back in the board­room. Sir Alan, with an unerring tal­ent for hom­ing in on dis­as­ter, snarled at Sopho­cles and his fel­low chick­en­col­lec­tor, Jenny Celerier, with equal wrath. “I thought it said on your CV you were Jewish? Did you put that on just to im­press me? If you’re Jewish, how can you not know what a kosher chicken is?” Sopho­cles wrig­gled. “I’m only half-Jewish, Sir Alan,” he mut­tered. Wrong an­swer.

Mean­while, there was some unlovely wrig­gling from Ms Celerier, who first told Sir Alan that she did not know what kosher meant — a state­ment he plainly did not be­lieve — and then claimed that she thought that Sopho­cles knew all about kashrut. Even more of a wrong an­swer, and it got her fired, only mo­ments af­ter the other Jen­nifer had also been despatched to the great taxi-stand out­doors. Two fir­ings in one week, and nei­ther of them the Jewish can­di­date — un­be­liev­able!

Michael sur­vived the board­room to fight an­other week. But as for How Jewish is...?, we give Michael Sopho­cles 1.5 per cent.

Ex- Ap­pren­tice man Sam Ju­dah tells us: “As for the kosher-chicken de­ba­cle, I just find this un­fath­omable. How can some­one who ad­mits to be­ing a ‘nice Jewish’ boy get a ha­lal chicken con­fused with kosher? As Michael is half Jewish it must have been his non-Jewish half mak­ing that de­ci­sion.”

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