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

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Daniel Jones, Daioni Organic, on Sum 41, crocodiles and Elon Musk

‘My mates would say I’m a glorified milkman’

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Mike Hill, One Planet Pizza, on ELO, Netflix and Lord of the Rings

‘My motto in life? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!’

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Cecily Mills, Cecily’s Ice Cream, on the Spice Girls, lions and Carry On Cabby

‘Ice cream always helps. More ice cream helps more’

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David Wilkinson, The Billington Group, on Abba, being happy and Cast Away

‘The best part of my job? I love helping develop talented people and watching them maximise their potential’

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Thomas Hal Robson-Kanu, The Turmeric Co, on Paw Patrol, snakes and homemade toasties

‘My first job was as a ‘tea-boy’ for Steve Coppell, then manager of Reading FC’

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’

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