Audio slideshow: Former Google chef's search for brain food

Chef Charlie Ayers, who brought a whole new approach to corporate cooking, talks about opening his own restaurant.

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.

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James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.

 

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