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

Ishak Valimohamed vive

Ishak Valimohamed, Vive, on Liverpool FC, wolves and The Eminem Show

‘What animal reflects my personality? A wolf – I really trust my instincts’

Cam Brown

Cam Brown, Collagin, on Peter Andre, regrets and Deadpool

No one knows me any more, they just know me as ‘gin girl’

Erin Kryantonis

Erin Kryantonis, Nice Drinks, on Will Young, puppies and trypophobia

‘The most rewarding part of my job is working alongside my co-founders to bring a brand to the UK wine market’

James Hudson captain kombucha

James Hudson, Captain Kombucha, on Derren Brown and polar bears

’My motto in life is to have integrity. Real integrity is doing the right thing, even when nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not’

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Alexi von Eldik, Cru8, on Whitney Houston, office yoga and The Red Violin

My first job? Selling homemade brownies in Hong Kong

adrian ling plamil foods

Adrian Ling, Plamil Foods, on breaking moulds and staying alive

‘How do I describe my job to my mates? “I run a chocolate factory” tends to be a talking point’

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Duncan O’Brien, Dalston’s Soda Co, on ostriches and Dizzee Rascal

‘My first job? General dogsbody at a corporate entertainment company in the middle of nowhere’

Donal Denvir bord bia

Donal Denvir, Bord Bia, on Irish food, sports reporting and Father Ted

‘I love the satisfaction of adding real value to our Irish suppliers and customers’

visal madhu qwrkee

Vishal Madhu, Qwrkee Foods, on time, sleep and his spirit animal

‘My first job? Selling gas and electricity contracts door to door’

Alison Ordonez from Roberts Bakery

Alison Ordonez, Roberts Bakery, on grazing and frogs

‘If I could have one dream perk? I’d bring my border terrier Alfie to work’

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