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

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?’…

ben whitehead spare snacks

Ben Whitehead, Spare Snacks, on Ottolenghi and Dire Straits

‘I tripped over an interviewee’s chair and very nearly crashed through a glass wall

Esther Lopez Yumello

Esther Lopez, Yumello, on goats, Will Smith and needles

How do I describe my job? Nut butter in one hand, spoon in the other!


Olivia Wollenberg, Livia's, on aircon and Notting Hill

‘The most rewarding part of my job? Knowing our products benefit so many people’

caroline rose ocean spray

Caroline Rose, Ocean Spray, on fruit juice and flexibility

My very first job was making sandwiches and smelling of fries in a takeaway café

orr vinegold little moons mochi

Orr Vinegold, Little Moons Mochi, on bacon sarnies and Obama

‘My dream perk? A sauna on site – and unlimited bacon sarnies!’

ben jackson capsicana

Ben Jackson, Capsicana, on Madonna, guitars and Jeff Bridges

‘When I first set up Capsicana I probably told my mates I was working down the market!’

jesse wilson jubel beer

Jesse Wilson, Jubel, on Dr Dre, ski trips and dolphins

‘How do I describe my job? Dealing the best beer with my best mate’

dafna bonas indie bay snacks

Dafna Bonas, Indie Bay Snacks, on snakes and Ashton Kutcher

‘My first business was when I was seven years old. I created follow-the-dots sheets’



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