Perks are unlimited when working at a Google office – game rooms, scooters, massage chairs, and most importantly, the Google cafeteria. Google employees get unlimited free food and drinks, and it’s not your average cafeteria fare. Everything from miso cod to organic-raw-vegan persimmon salad is served. They also regularly bring in guest chefs to keep the food interesting and promote local businesses.
A friend of mine who works in the New York City Google office suggested that I become a guest chef for a day and serve some Amai treats to the Google team. I was happy to do it, and we set a date for November 14th. Google asked us to make our signature Tea Sweets, and we threw in a special seasonal pumpkin chocolate chip cookie. Amai’s head baker, Jen, and I spent the day serving cookies to the lunch crowd, and afterwards we ate our own free lunch in the cafeteria.
There is a wall in Google covered with posters of all previous guest chefs, and it includes names like Mario Batali, Marcus Samuelsson, Jaques Torres and more. Now my picture is up on the wall right next to the Editor in Chief of Bon Appétit magazine. It was a fun day, and the Google staff was really friendly and genuinely seemed to appreciate us stopping by. The unlimited free food clearly hasn’t gone to their heads.
As a former member of the tech world, I found it very interesting to be on the other side of the cafeteria table. I could have easily been the one working for Google, sitting behind a desk eating too much free food all day, but here I was serving the staff cookies. Life works in mysterious ways.
Check out a few pictures of our day in the New York City Google cafeteria…
Jen gets out of the kitchen and is getting ready to finally talk to customers!
Jen, setting up the table.
The final set up.
Chai Almond, Green Tea (matcha), Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and Lemongrass & Ginger cookies.
Mini pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, the most popular item of the day.
A look at the NYC Google cafeteria.
Seats with a view of Chelsea
Me with my friend/Google employee/former CMU HCII grad school classmate, Janice
Thanks for a fun day, Google!