HE LIKES it shaken not stirred, and this Limerick hotel manager is set to shake up the next Irish series of Bill Cullenâ€™s â€˜The Apprenticeâ€™.
Maurice Oâ€™Callaghan, 32, who is guest relations manager in the Savoy Hotel in the city and a former bar manager, has been selected as one of the final 16 contestants to take part in the fourth series of the hit TV3 show.
He will undergo a gruelling 12 weeks to see if he has what it takes to become Bill Cullenâ€™s Ap prentice, which returns to our screens on Monday, October 3.
Chris Harold, a native of Limerick, now working as a marketing manager in Clare, is also putting his money where his mouth is. â€œI donâ€™t think thereâ€™s any excuse for people not giving 100 per cent. Youâ€™re in a job for a reason. I have no tolerance for slacking,â€ he said. The 28 year-old, who holds a BA in business and marketing, is working with CADPO Solutions in Ennis.
His competitor, Mr Oâ€™Callaghan, also has plenty of fighting talk. â€œIâ€™m relentless and determined so if I see a dead end, Iâ€™ll always find another opportunity,â€ he said.
In the future he would like to own a group of successful restaurants and then retire. â€œStories of struggle and success are the ones that really motivate me,â€ he said.
He is presently completing a Masters in international management and global business in the University of Limerick, and also holds an honours degree in business and marketing. He started out in his fatherâ€™s restaurant in Castlegregory, county Kerry, and has since worked in many five-star hotels, bars and restaurants.
The winner will gain Bill Cullen as a business partner with a 50 per cent interest and wâ‚¬100,000 cash alongside a start up package worth an additional â‚¬100,000. â€˜The Apprenticeâ€™ will run from October 3 to December 19 every Monday at 9pm.