Ten years ago, Charlie Ayers met Larry Page at a bike shop in Palo Alto, Calif., to interview for a chef position at an Internet search start-up called Google. He was hired soon after as employee number 53. Ayers spent the next seven years redefining the idea of the corporate food environment, growing the Google cafe from a kitchen that served 50 people a day into a legendary network of cafeterias inside the Googleplex that serves thousands of meals daily, with organic ingredients sourced largely from local farmers.
In January 2009, after spending a few years traveling the world exploring how other cultures eat, Ayers has returned to open Calafia Cafe and Market a Go Go in the Town and Country Village in Palo Alto.
Listen as I sit down with Charlie Ayers, the chef whose food fueled the minds at one of the most ubiquitous companies in the world and redefined corporate cooking.