I'm becoming increasingly concerned that the production of The Apprentice has lost its way.

After the massive amount of press the show received last year it seems this year the show has been edited in a sensationalist manner, representative of the red tops that give it such kudos.

There are more comedy moments and cock-ups than flashes of business acumen.

I have no doubt that these people have some idea what they are doing or they would never have made it this far, but the way the show is edited is showing the candidates up to be utterly useless.

Last year I had one aim; to get a job. I would use it as an advert to advance my career either with Sir Alan or without - and it worked.

These new candidates are running a real risk of destroying their promising careers by being made out to be incompetent by the editing of the programme.

Talkback Thames the company who produce the show really do have questions to answer for the way the show has been put together recently.

The first series had business acumen in abundance but as the series has gone on it has diluted the business part of the programme for pure shock factor and entertainment.

From my experience during filming, the tasks feel every bit about real business - they are both challenging and gruelling.

I really felt I had been tested by each and every task I was part of.

I'm sure this year's contestants would tell you the same.

All too often though, when the show aired much of what we did to pull things together did not come across to the viewers.

However, I doubt there was an argument or cock-up that didn't make the final show.

Last night it was easy to see that both teams should have concentrated on a British pub theme.

However, from the introduction Sir Alan gave, the task involved changing the use of a building and they couldn't do that by making a British pub into a British pub that sells food, hence an Indian and Italian theme.

However, when watching the show last night, I'm sure people up and down the country were shouting at their TV sets "do sausage and mash you muppets".

The cock-ups are what keep us glued to our TV sets, just like the auditions for the X Factor are probably the best bit.

I think this is the reason the production company are manufacturing these mistakes.

I have no doubt the candidates had been told they couldn't have a British pub theme - it was too obvious to miss.

If I'm wrong then they really are a bunch of twits!

Yet again the programme seemed to be more of a comedy of errors than a business show, with the combination of Kevin, well, being Kevin, and the Bollywood dancing on the girl's team that I was very worried was becoming a strip-tease.

Kevin for me made stupid comment after stupid comment.

He wanted to make sauce out of a baked mushroom, salt and pepper.

As for his counting, that can't be edited in, it's just pure stupidity.

With moments like this making TV gold why do they feel the need to influence and manufacture so much?

Ian Stinger had an inability to manage his team, or defend himself in the boardroom.

His only strategy and defence in the boardroom was that he appointed Kevin as head chef.

He didn't take any responsibility for anything and he found it very difficult to make a decision.

For that reason I agree entirely with Sir Alan that he should have been fired.

Getting down to business, the key to this task and any business is keeping a tight control on costs and maximising sales.

Both teams did well on the sales front, bringing in the customers and the turnover.

Unfortunately for the boys profits are the key.

There's no point turning over £20 million and returning no or little profit.

The girls managed to keep a very tight grip on expenses, negotiating most of their advertising and props for free, largely down to Jennifer Maguire.

Selling tickets for the event was another masterstroke for the girls.

This put them into profit before they had even sold a meal, clearly bringing a rare smile to Sir Alan's face.

It was very unclear who came up with this brilliant idea, something which demonstrates true business acumen that was not deemed worthy of the final edit.

If only the programme could get back to its roots, it has the potential to be a great tool to encourage entrepreneurial spirit in youngsters and encourage people to better themselves no matter what their background.

It seems in this series even more than the last they highlight mistakes, stupidity and David Brent style soundbites, finally culminating in someone being fired in a humiliating fashion.

It should instead be celebrating the fact that this country produces great business minds and people who can inspire.

I only hope that we can see a glimmer of that in future episodes because on the first three episodes as much as I have been entertained I feel like I'm watching an episode of the Office.

If the production company responsible for the show don't start addressing these issues I can see a large percentage of the hardcore Apprentice fans tuning out in their droves.

If that happens it can only mean one thing - the production company will be hearing Sir Alan's dreaded words from the BBC, "Talkback Thames, You're Fired!!"