Google Should Spice Up Chef Search

    January 3, 2006
    WebProNews Staff

Several months of querying for a pair of new executive chefs for the Googleplex has yielded an odd outcome to date: zero results returned.

If Google really hasn’t filled those open positions for executive chefs that SEW’s Gary Price spotted online as still open, it could mean the Googlers need to try a new approach to find the best applicants. We’ve suggested it before:

Reality show.

Call it “Iron Googler” or “Survivor: Mountain View.” Or maybe bypass the potential for humorless entertainment industry lawyers to litigate over trademark infringement and call it “Google-Licious.”

The account by one applicant, Steve Petusevsky, described the kitchens at Google as a kind of Epicurean Nirvana. He had to prepare a varied and diverse multi-course menu to cater to the tastes of omnivore and vegetarian alike.


Let’s see some real cooking skills at work, while the cameras roll and Jeff Probst smirks for the viewers at home. Have the competing chefs compete to fill complex orders, but instead of having young college-age Googlers place the orders, bring in a group of expecting mothers instead.

The first chef to break down in tears over a request for mashed pumpkin and macaroni with diced seedless tomatoes gets tossed from the contest.

That could be followed by a round of “blowfish sashimi roulette.” Each chef chooses a piece of sushi, knowing that one of the pieces has been, heh heh, improperly prepared.

Of course, all the pieces will have been prepared properly, so we’re looking for the contestant who begins to suffer phantom symptoms of fugu poisoning. He or she obviously won’t be up to the rigors of Googler food demands if they fall for a cheap mind-hack like that.

Crazier ideas have made it to television. A Google chef search could benefit from tie-ins to AOL entertainment properties, and cable promotion from AOL’s parent Time Warner as well as its other cable partner, Comcast.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.