From first job to worst ever interview, most embarrassing gaffes to desert island must-haves: My Alternative CV lifts the lid on what really makes people in the food & drink industry tick. Want to get involved? Contact features editor Megan Tatum

Claire Warner aecorn aperitifs

Claire Warner, Æcorn Aperitifs, on Bobby Brown, her first job in Pizza Hut and Okja

‘The celebrity I would most like to work with is Solange’

Bryony Tinn-Disbury bry and jack

Bryony Tinn-Disbury, Jack & Bry, on Take That, jackfruit and Anchorman

“The most rewarding part of my job is my ambitious team”

Hannah McCollum chic p

Hannah McCollum, Chic P, on Westlife, labradors and The Sound of Music

‘My first job was in an old-fashioned sweet shop at age 12’

John Luck

John Luck, Carabao Energy Drink, on Adam & The Ants, Guinness and Jürgen Klopp

‘How would I describe my job to my mates? Bonkers – but in a good way’

Owen Hazel

Owen Hazel, Jannettas Gelateria, on Blondie, Pink Panther and mango sorbet

‘My first album was Blondie’s Parallel Lines’

Natalie Luke aduro communication

Natalie Luke, Aduro Communication, on East 17, teleportation and Desert Island Discs

‘In one of my first interviews I was asked to sell a biro back to the interviewer’

Anna Garrod the coconut tree

Anna Garrod, The Coconut Tree, on vintage clothes, Glastonbury and True Romance

‘The animal which most reflects my personality is a cat – a softie but independent’

Bryan Martins wessanen

Bryan Martins, Wessanen UK, on the DeLorean time machine and Eye of the Tiger

‘The most rewarding part of my job is managing great brands with real purpose’

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