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

Martin Myerscough

Martin Myerscough, Frugalpac, on packaging and sailing

‘My first job? A yacht captain in the Med’

Colum O'Sullivan Cully and Sully

Colum O'Sullivan, Cully & Sully, on manatees and Navy Seals

‘My first job? Picking potatoes for a farmer in East Cork’

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Charlotte Dauzat, Gato & Co, on good puds and 1930s films

My first job was intern in Japan for a brand of Japanese cakes and puddings

Valerio Simonetti

Valerio Simonetti, Mr Organic, on tomatoes and Paul Young

I worked as part of my family tomato factory at the age of 14

Peter Cusick

Peter Cusick, Roythornes Solicitors, on helicopters & heights

My first job was a clerical job at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Brian Woodward

Brian Woodward, HMY Group, on bogofs and Chicken Run

No two days are the same. One could involve global logistics, the next our college-positive action group

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Samuel Dennigan, Strong Roots, on hippos & Heston Blumenthal

I started as a framer in a print gallery, which stirred my interest in creative design thinking as a business tool

Colette Twomey

Colette Twomey, Clonakilty Food Co, on David Essex & airports

‘I’ve witnessed a lot of bad interviews. It’s important to do your homework – it pays off!’

Kathy Caton MD Brighton Gin-web

Kathy Caton, Brighton Gin, on brutal hours and Nigella Lawson

‘The first job I applied for was seasonal gift-wrapper for John Lewis’

Wendy Shot

Wendy Wilson-Bett, Peter's Yard, on gravadlax & Daniel Craig

‘I worked as a volunteer at the Ffestiniog Station gift shop when I was about 12 years old’

Louise Coulbeck JCS Fish

Louise Coulbeck, JCS Fish, on Brownies, Britannia & Churchill

‘My only interview was for the Saturday job on the market. My boss, the owner, was incredibly shy’…

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Kevin McManus, UMI Foods, on Thin Lizzy and complexity Subscription

Phil Lynott always captured me with his music and lyrics

Meg Haggar

Meg Haggar, Raw Halo, on positivity and sense of direction

A candidate tried to cheat on their reasoning tests by switching their results with another candidate’s

John McManus KIND

John McManus, Kind Snacks, on brand building & Louis Theroux

I worked in a Chinese takeaway for three years while at school. It’s still one of the hardest jobs I’ve ever had

Rym Selmi MiiRO

Rym Selmi, founder of MiiRO, on mouse phobia and sacrifices Subscription

I have so many nicknames but interestingly enough they are all longer than my actual name

Frankie Fox

Frankie Fox, The Foraging Fox, on chickens and truffles

‘My worst job interview? Sat on a prosthetic egg-shaped stool and asked what my star sign was’

Gavin Loftus

Gavin Loftus, Weetabix on the Go, on mirrors and penguins

My first job was milkman. Clearly the start of a promising career in milk drinks…

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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