Harrogate hopeful on BBC’s The Apprentice

THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL TUESDAY 3RD MAY, 2011'Picture shows: LEON DOYLE
THIS IMAGE IS STRICTLY NOT FOR PUBLICATION UNTIL TUESDAY 3RD MAY, 2011'Picture shows: LEON DOYLE

AN APPRENTICE candidate from Harrogate is to appear on this year’s series of the hit television show.

Leon Doyle, 26, a “fast food marketing entrepreneur” is one of 16 candidates hoping to win a place working for Sir Alan Sugar.

The former lorry driver and paper boy, who was born in Harrogate but now lives in Leeds, set up his own online takeaway ordering site, themastermenu - and once appeared on Dragon’s Den with the idea.

His show notes tell us he once completed the Great North Run for charity and, at the age of 12, survived a near fatal fall from a tree.

Describing himself as “charming, genuine and honest”, he said: “I don’t like your gimmicky salesman who thinks he can sell ice to an Eskimo.

“Chances are he probably can’t, and why would an Eskimo buy ice?”

The new series starts on Tuesday at 9pm on BBC1.