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

Alessandro Savelli CEO & Founder

Alessandro Savelli, Pasta Evangelists, on Queen, espresso and Gordon Ramsay

‘My dream perk? To take the team and spend our summers working in Italy’

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Hugo Hodgson, Long Shot Drinks, on S Club 7, horses and Tony Stark

‘How do I describe my job to my mates? I make the drinks that I always wanted but could never find anywhere’

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Daniel Auner, Mia & Ben, on speaking Spanish, working hard and being interviewed

‘At 14 I started as a waiter on weekends, at a local restaurant’

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Ernesto Coppola, Coppola Foods, on Rick Astley, coffee and vintage Italian comedies

‘My motto in life? Be passionate about what you do and don’t give up in the face of challenges’

Rachel Kettlewell

Rachel Kettlewell, Fearne & Rosie, on B*Witched, Bernard’s Watch and being a busy bee

‘My worst job interview? Probably any time that I’ve had to sound really professional’

Helena Blincow

Helena Blincow, Weetabix Food Company, on Destiny’s Child, snakes and malbec

‘My motto in life? Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the ability to act in the presence of fear’

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Eileen Greene, Mooncup, on Madonna, swifts and Vivienne Westwood

My first job? Stacking shelves after school at my local SuperValu

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Liam Manton, Alderman’s Drinks, on Oasis, Christmas shopping and Saturday Night Fever

‘In school holidays as a teen I used to work on market stalls with my mum’

Giles Atwell

Giles Atwell, Russell & Atwell fresh chocolates, on good coffee, Bear Grylls and sausage dogs

‘My first job was on a newspaper round – I used to dread the Sunday papers as they were so heavy!’

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Louise Reynard, St Pierre Groupe, on Boyzone, driving and Craig David

‘The most rewarding part of my job? I love to talk to people!’

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