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

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’

Fiona product chain

Fiona Esom, Product Chain, on tigers and Stacey Dooley

‘For my first job I was paid in part with the most wonderful clotted cream’

ben branson seedlip

Ben Branson, Seedlip, on time travel and David Attenborough

‘I work for a company that makes distilled non-alcoholic spirits to try and rid the world of horrible sweet mocktails’

Kirsteen Campbell

Kirsteen Campbell, Edrington, on the 1990s & Christmas dinner

‘The one thing I’d change in grocery is the excise system – scotch should be taxed at the same rate as beer and wine’

carly taylor real handful

Carly Taylor, Real Handful, on PJ & Duncan and Jamie & Jimmy

‘My first job was in my local newsagent – I used to read all the foodie magazines!’

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Emile Bernard, Smith & Sinclair, on Nando's and clowns

‘We make being adult more fun by creating new and exciting ways of eating and drinking’

Andrew Howie shaken udder

Andrew Howie, Shaken Udder, on stunts, spaniels and beef

My first job? Stunt man for FHM. No, really!

Double dutch

Raissa de Haas, Double Dutch, on dogs and heights

My first real job was as a real estate agent in Belgium

John Perry - SCALA

John Perry, SCALA, on public speaking and Nuno Espírito Santo

‘As I was about to leave university, I had an interview with Unilever. I turned up dressed in jeans and a t-shirt’

Will Mug Shot

Will Little, Little's Coffee, on Björk and bad coffee

‘The first music single I bought was Army of Me by Björk. Or was it Cotton Eye Joe?’…

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