Charlie Ayers

Charlie Ayers

Charles David Ayers, Jr.[1] (born July 5, 1966[2]) is the former executive chef for Google.[3][4][5][6][7][8] His work there was widely publicized in the media, and David Vise's corporate history The Google Story contains an entire chapter about him called "Charlie's Place." By the time he left Google in 2006, Ayers and his team of five chefs and 150 employees were serving 4,000 daily lunches and dinners in 10 cafes across the company's headquarters campus in Mountain View, CA.


Ayers was born in Chicago[7] and grew up in Brooklyn, New York[7] and Parsippany, New Jersey;[9] he graduated from Parsippany High School in 1985.[10] He began his professional career in New Jersey working for Hilton Hotels, at their Meadowlands and Parsippany locations in New Jersey. Later he left Hilton to attend culinary school in Providence, RI at Johnson & Wales University. He graduated from Johnson & Wales in 1990.[1] He cooked at several restaurants in the Providence and Boston areas, before moving to California.

Charlie started Calafia Café / Calafia Market a Go Go. The first restaurant opened 20 January 2009 in the Palo Alto, CA Town & Country Village shopping center.


Ayers reportedly earned $26 million (USD) from his Google stock options.[3]


  1. ^ a b "JWU's Honorary Class of 2014" (PDF). jwu: Johnson & Wales University Magazine. Johnson & Wales University: 3. Spring 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-02-18. Charles David Ayers Jr. ’90 / Chef and Owner - Calafia Café/Blue Chalk Café Corporation / Doctor of Culinary Arts
  2. ^ "Charlie Ayers Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. 2017-01-29. Retrieved 2017-02-18. Charlie Ayers was born on July 5, 1966 in New Jersey. He’s married to Kimberly and has a son.
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  4. ^ "Google chef serves up food for thought".
  5. ^ Craig, Elise. "The man who fed Google".
  6. ^ "Bringing Google into the kitchen".
  7. ^ a b c Alexander, Karen (2005-09-20). "From Google to Noodles: A Chef Strikes Out on His Own". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
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  9. ^ Epstein, Nadine (2008). "The Google Seder". Moment. Retrieved 2017-02-18.
  10. ^ "Parsippany High School: Class of 1985". Class Creator. Ann Arbor, Michigan. 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2017-02-18. Charles (Charlie) Ayers

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