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Remember Charlie Ayers, Google's first executive chef, who retired in 2005 after making millions of dollars on the Google IPO? All those cooks who passed on that job now have a second chance, according to Inside Facebook. After years of catering takeout lunches, the social network is hiring its own chef. With Facebook poaching so many Google employees who are used to chef-cooked meals, it's no surprise that they'd hire someone who knows how to poach eggs. But check out this curious line in the job description: "Be accountable for the financial aspects of the F&B department ensuring a profitable operation." Is penny-pinching CFO Gideon Yu insisting that employees pay for their meals? The full job description:

Executive Chef

The Executive Chef is responsible for the leadership of the kitchen by managing and overseeing the activities of the entire kitchen as well as menu development and food quality through purchasing organic products, multi-cultural cuisine, kosher foods, etc. This position is also responsible for recipes including menu item presentation, lunch, corporate, and catering events. He/She is expected to maintain high standards by establishing food specifications and adhering to those specifications via recipes, portion control, presentation, safety and sanitation. This position is full-time and located in Downtown Palo Alto.


Develop, cook, and manage breakfast, lunch and dinner for employees
Directly supervise all kitchen personnel with responsibility for hiring, training, employee development, performance evaluations, and salary recommendations
Have knowledge of food and catering trends with a focus on quality, production, sanitation, food cost controls, and presentation
Develop and test recipes, techniques for food preparation, and presentation
Must have skills in cooking and preparation of a variety of foods
Possess ability to supervise and/or assign training for kitchen staff
Possess ability to plan a variety of menus on a daily basis
Possess knowledge of food supplies, equipment and services, ordering and inventory control
Ensure cost effective production of the highest quality food
Establish, manage, and maintain all vendor relationships
Consult with Facebook's Catering/Event Coordinator on a weekly basis as well as with other departments if necessary
Be accountable for the financial aspects of the F&B department ensuring a profitable operation
Other duties may be assigned

4-5 years experience as an Executive Chef preferred
Independent, dedicated, and a self-starter
Culinary school graduate
Bachelor's degree preferred
Previous management experience is preferred
A high level of commitment, passion, and creativity for food
Professional demeanor
Ability to work as part of a team
Ability to read, understand, follow and enforce safety/health procedures
Ability to work in a fast paced office environment
High sense of urgency
Location: Palo Alto, CA