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

My Alternative CV

Chris Lock Lily's Kitchen

Chris Lock, Lily's Kitchen, on Blondie and Patrick Stewart

‘I was being interviewed by an e-commerce retailer and two sentences in I realised I had absolutely no interest in the job

Tom Stancliffe Tribe

Tom Stancliffe, Tribe, on snakes and Good Will Hunting

I used to spend summers working in Oddbins – made fun by the post-work tasting sessions!

Luke Raskino

Flyte co-founder Luke Raskino: my alternative CV

I tell my mates that I’m ­entrepreneur-ish and on a mission to clean up the chemical-filled drinks aisle

Al Shariat Coconut Merchant

Al Shariat, director of Coconut Merchant, on Saint Germain and sourcing

Through our focus on ethical sourcing, I know that for every product we sell means we are helping a farmer and their family

sam knights threefold

Sam Knights, MD, Threefold, on Easter eggs and racing cars

‘My first job? Press officer at Guinness World Records

jacob james tiggs

Tigg's co-founder Jacob James: my alternative CV

My first job was on the family farm – my brother and I would feed the calves their breakfast

paul bungener fair drinks

Paul Bungener, FAIR Drinks, on Wu-Tang Clan & Snickers theft

‘My first job was harvesting grapes in the south of France when I was 15 years old’

seb heeley manchester gin

Seb Heeley, Manchester Gin, on fizzy cola bottles and love

‘I went for a ‘client-facing role’. The interview consisted of knocking on doors for six hours’

Luke Suddards

Luke Suddards, Sandows, on making mistakes and Dwayne Johnson

‘I used to deliver newspapers before school for the local off-licence’alt 

meriel kehoe claudi & fin

Meriel Kehoe, Claudi & Fin, on boredom, massages and seafood

‘Once, I attended an interview where I was asked if I had spelled my first name correctly on my CV’

Henry Connell

Henry Connell, The Uncommon, on The Prodigy and David Brent

My worst interview? Aged 16, I gave one-word answers to complex business problems

scott dixon the flava people

Scott Dixon, The Flava People, on the Vengabus & snowboarding

‘My first job? Driving tractors in a boatyard in Wales. I built up quite the tan on some of the balmier summers’

Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald, The Bay Tree, on The Two Ronnies and family

 I left school at 16 and worked in a vegetarian restaurant

joe taylor real handful

Joe Taylor, Real Handful, on Chesney Hawkes and mini mullets

‘My first job was collecting court fees for my tennis club one summer’

Vanessa Fairfax-Woods

Vanessa Fairfax-Woods, Shropshire Trading, on yoga and bed

‘My first job? Clearing tables in a riverside café in Taunton’

David Entwistle northwood-32_0001

David Entwistle, Northwood & WEPA, on getting rattled

‘I was so nervous at my first interview the bone china cup & saucer I was holding sounded like a one-man fire alarm’

Martin Murray Dunner Bay Rock Rose

Martin Murray, Dunnet Bay Distillers, on being early

‘I was asked in but then thrown out of the interview without being able to offer my excuse’

Sarsons Graham Houghton head shot_0001

Graham Houghton, Sarson's, on plastic and paper rounds

As a teenager, I started off with three different paper rounds, but soon progressed to working in my parents’ social club

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