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

Jacopo Cordero di Vonzo

Jacopo Cordero di Vonzo, Remeo Gelato, on sailing and mice

They put us into groups and asked us to create stories around irrelevant products. It was very strange…

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Pritesh Mody, World of Zing, on being a professional eater

Most people who know me would say I’m little more than a professional eater

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Gemma Watkins, Kingfisher Beer, on curry and Celine Dion

“My first job was as a dancer in the pantomime Snow White”

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Duncan Goose, One Drinks, on stability and garlic bread

”Working in a butcher’s taught me about food production and why it’s worth paying more for quality”

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Harry Clarke, Pops Ice Popsicles, on sampling and dumplings

“I attempted to get a job at a woman’s cashmere clothing company. It certainly wasn’t my bag but I soldiered on!”

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Huib van Bockel, Tenzing, on naked skiing and Nirvana

“I told the interviewer ‘I skied naked on a ski slope once’. I don’t think it was the answer he was looking for”

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Cat Gazzoli, Piccolo, on the UN, fan mail and Prue Leith

“I started my career with the UNFAO in Rome. There is a high representation of female directors”

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Claire Higgins, Lucozade Sport, on cheese and autocorrect

“Be polite. Be grateful. Be humble. Be curious. Be ambitious. And always buy a round!”

Poptails Laura Faeh

Laura Faeh, Poptails by Lapp, on karma and teleportation

”On my very first interview in London my boss spoke exactly the five same languages at me and kept switching”

Miriam Luff

Miriam Luff, Lanes Health, on cats, mongooses and David Walliams

”I was encouraged to go and admire and compliment the new fridge prior to commencing the interview”

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Nick Wall, Tails Cocktails, on acting like a big chicken and his pet Labrador

”My first job was working as a host for TGI Fridays. I think this may have been where my love for cocktails started. The bartenders were total heroes.”

Tom Redwood

Tom Redwood, Babease, on Simon Rogan and shaking up babyfood

“My first job was getting up at 4am for the early cleaning shift at my local convenience store”

Mani Life

Stuart Macdonald, ManílIfe, on live music and Pokémon cards

“I was a bartender. It didn’t last very long – after about two hours I told the boss my real age: 15”

Franka Mulgirigama

Franka Mulgirigama, Bahlsen, on caterpillars & collaboration

”My first job was as a part-time sales assistant at John Lewis in Oxford Street, in the children’s shoe department. It was a real eye-opener!”

Andrew Allen Snaffling Pig

Andrew Allen, Snaffling Pig, on foodie startups, Wayne’s World and elephants Subscription

”I had an old school paper round in Birmingham. I’d dread Thursdays as it was the jobs special…”

Matt Hunt

Matt Hunt, Protein Ball Co, on Disneyland & Richard Branson

“I thought I would ace it but missed the fact that you had to speak perfect French!”

Jenny Costa

Jenny Costa, Rubies in the Rubble, on the FT and rabbits

”Working on the Drysdales burger van at the Ayr County Show was great fun”

Paul Turner

Paul Turner, Alf Turner, on Dragons' Den and Steve Jobs

”Like my brothers, I became a Saturday boy at the family butchers shop”

David Parket

David Parker, Young's Seafood, on early starts and Star Wars

“I always like to see interviews as a two-way process so I have a bit of fun interviewing the panel!”

David Sheppy

David Sheppy, Sheppy's Cider, on bike rides and family time

“My first job was working on the family farm. I was 17, and all I really wanted to do was drive a tractor”

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